Free Will Matters


The problem of free will has been at the center of many discussions in Western Philosophy for the last 20 centuries. But in recent years the problem has reappeared in a fresh form. There are new and exciting developments in the field that make this a fascinating topic of conversation. For this podcast we have invited various philosophers who work in free will. Philosophy might be a daunting thing, but with their help we will get to know better the what, the how and the why of free will.


The human ability to decide and act freely requires that we think of ourselves as agents of a particular kind. We must have the ability form intentions and act on them, to deliberate about what to do, to exercise self-control, plan for the future, and so on. At the same time, we are creatures bound by the context and circumstances that we occupy. What kind of agents, then, are we? How is our agency shaped by the world in which we live?

For this season, our guests will be distinguished authors and researchers working on the philosophy of agency. The philosophy of agency can be a daunting endeavor. But with their help we will get to know better the what, the how, and the why of our agency.

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