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Defending Free Will Against Contemporary Skepticism
October 13, 2023, 5:30 pm-7:00 pmFree
TU students and faculty join the Honors Program for a lecture by Mario DeCaro, professor of Moral Philosophy at Università Rome Tre. Since the year 2000, he has also been teaching at Tufts University, where he is regularly a visiting professor. He received his first degree and his Ph.D. in philosophy at University of Rome “La Sapienza.” He spent two years at MIT as a visiting graduate student and one at Harvard University as a Fulbright Fellow. He is associate editor of the “Journal of the American Philosophical Association” (Cambridge UP) and “Ancient Philosophy Today” (Edinburgh UP), and member of the editorial and scientific boards of several international journals.
In the past, very few thinkers denied the commonsense reality of human agency and moral responsibility. Recent findings in psychological and neuroscientific research, however, have cast doubt on the traditional position, and it appears that most scientists and philosophers agree that free will is only an illusion. With a growing number of contemporary arguments in favor of determinism, are we free to believe ourselves free?
A reception will follow the lecture. Please register here.