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A. Introductions to Free Will

#Series  Episode
1. podcast imageFree Will
28 minutes
Matthew Sweet is in the pub, discussing a knotty conundrum with an invited audience and a panel of experts. Today it's whether or not we have free will, with philosopher Wayne Martin of the University of Essex and neuroscientist Gemma Calvert, Managing Director of Neurosense. Also featuring Peter Mabbutt and Jo Russell. Producer: Marya Burgess.
2. podcast imageFree Will
42 minutes
In the 500th edition of the programme, Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the philosophical idea of free will.Free will - the extent to which we are free to choose our own actions - is one of the most absorbing philosophical problems, debated by almost every great thinker of the last two thousand years. In a universe apparently governed by physical laws, is it possible for individuals to be responsible for their own actions? Or are our lives simply proceeding along preordained paths? Determinism - the doct...
3. podcast imageFree Will Worth Wanting |Daniel Dennett, Helen Steward, Patrick Haggard
46 minutes
Daniel Dennett, Patrick Haggard and Helen Steward deliberate over the existence of free will.
4. podcast image49: Is Free Will An Illusion?
9 minutes
More at www.philosophytalk.org/shows/free-will-illusion We... like to think of ourselves as enjoying unrestricted freedom of the will. But modern science increasingly teaches us that our choices are causally determined by some combination of our genes, our upbringing, and our present circumstances. Can the idea of freedom of the will be reconciled with the scientific outlook or is free will an illusion? If we give up on the idea that we have freedom, what follows for our practice of holding people moral...
5. podcast image188: Challenges to Free Will
11 minutes
More at http://philosophytalk.org/shows/challenges-free-will. We... seem to be able to decide our behavior for ourselves – what we do is up to us. But if everything that we do can be explained by physics, does this leave room for freedom? Are all of our actions pre-determined? Are we slaves to fate? Is freedom compatible with determinism, or does science teach us that we're nothing but complex machines, following out a complicated program that a good enough physicist could have predicted centuries ago?...
6. podcast imageEpisode 1: An Introduction to Free Will
40 minutes
In this episode, cohosts Taylor Cyr and Matt Flummer present an introduction to the philosophy of free will, including a discussion of differing conceptions of free will, how free will is related to moral responsibility, and why it matters if we have free will.Recommended resources:Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, “Free Will”: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/freewill/The... study by psychologists from Brown University is: “Free Will without Metaphysics” by Andrew Monroe and Bertram Malle, available h...
7. podcast image"Free Will" Through the Lenses of Philosophy and Neuroscience with Dr Alfred Mele
43 minutes
The debate over whether or not free will exists is not new. The main points of contention in this discussion are whether or not we have control over our actions, and if so, what kind of control we have and to what extent. On the one hand, we have a strong sense of liberty, which causes us to trust in our own free will. An intuitive and instinctive sense of free will, on the other hand, could be misinterpreted. In this episode of Bridging the Gaps, I speak with Dr Aflred Mele and we discuss the concept of “F...
8. podcast imageDo You Have Free Will? With Mark Leon
49 minutes
Is it possible for your actions to be free, even if they are determined? And would an indeterministic universe make us any freer? If we don't have free will, should we be held accountable for our actions?
9. podcast imageFree Will
5 minutes
In this episode, you'll learn all about the debate surrounding free will, including brief overviews of the different approaches to the topic - libertarianism, determinism and compatibilism - and their implications for society. 
10. podcast image31: Free Will: The Basic Views
8 minutes
This episode of the egg timer is devoted to reviewing the basic positions that philosophers take toward free will.  Are alternatives possibilities necessary for free will?  That's just one question that will be scrambled up on this episode. | Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: [email protected] | Image Attribution: By Enoch Lai at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4684093...
11. podcast imageEV - 084 Free Will Wheaton
48 minutes
Here to have out age old battle of free will with Aaron is none other than Darron (@NecessaryBeing). They get into the weeds discussing free will, determinism, and if it's possible for there to be a spectrum.Opening Invocation:Deacon of Doubt @DeaconDoubt

B. Neuroscience and Free Will

#Series  Episode
12. podcast image380: Neuroscience and Free Will
12 minutes
More at philosophytalk.org/shows/neuroscience-an... like to think of ourselves as rational agents who exercise conscious control over most of our actions and decisions. Yet in recent years, neuroscientists have claimed to prove that free will is simply an illusion, that our brains decide for us before our conscious minds even become aware. But what kind of evidence do these scientists rely on to support their sweeping conclusions? Is the "free will" they talk about the same kind of free will that philosophe...
13. podcast imageNeuroscientist Paul Broks on Free Will and the Brain
12 minutes
Paul Broks tackles an age-old philosophical argument over whether humans have free will or whether all events are pre-determined. As a neuroscientist he is interested in the latest info on how our brains work. He also goes back to the 18th century French thinker Henry Poincare who argued that the universe was entirely mechanistic and that therefore all events in it are pre-ordained. Paul talks to researchers in the field including Professor Patrick Haggard of University College London to establish whether t...
14. podcast imageEpisode 25: Monkeys and Free Will with Adina Roskies
34 minutes
In this episode we talk with neuroscientist and philosopher Adina Roskies about what we can learn about free will from monkey cognition. We also ask her about her take on the Libet experiment and whether neuroscience could, in principle, disprove free will.Adina's Website: https://faculty-directory.dartmouth.edu/adina-l-roskiesAdina's... chapter "Monkey Decision-Making as a Model System for Human Decision-Making" can be found in the book Surrounding Free Will, edited by Al Mele: https://...
15. podcast image#309 Robert Sapolsky: Human Behavior, Evolution, Morality, and Free Will
39 minutes
Dr. Robert Sapolsky is the John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Professor of Biology and Professor of Neurology and of Neurosurgery at Stanford University. Dr. Sapolsky is the author of several informative and comical books that present cutting edge psychoneurobiological knowledge in an enjoyable, easy to read format. He's also a renowned researcher and award-winning professor at Stanford University. He’s the author of books like Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers, The Trouble with Testosterone: And Other Essays on the Bi...
16. podcast imageEp. 28 - Eddy Nahmias: Neuroscience as a (Non) Threat to Free Will
43 minutes
I spoke with the philosopher Eddy Nahmias about his work in Free Will and Moral Responsibility. What type of freedom do we have, or want to have? And does the increasing understanding of the brain threaten our sense of acting freely? Find out all this and more in my talk with Eddy.
17. podcast imageRationally Speaking #39 - The Science and Philosophy of Free Will
48 minutes
What can modern neuroscience and philosophy tell us about free will and how may the two approaches complement each other. Plus Massimo and Julia's picks: "Why Some Things Should Not Be for Sale" and "Fluid Concepts And Creative Analogies"
18. podcast imageEpisode 24: The Neural Basis of Free Will with Peter Ulric Tse
53 minutes
In this episode, we talk with neuroscientist Peter Ulric Tse about the neural basis of free will. We cover topics such as criterial causation, kinds of free will, and why he’s a libertarian about free will.Peter's website: https://sites.dartmouth.edu/peter/Peter's... book: https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/neural-basis-free-willPeter's... MOOC: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBZk0Jl545845TCxtkEbJQ7bTJTqi_HrF... Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagr...
19. podcast imageFree Will and the Brain
55 minutes
Given what we now know about the mind’s connection with brain activity, and that brain activity, being normal physical activity, apparently must be determined by physical laws, is it possible to say we have free will anymore? If so, in what way? If not, what are the implications? And what is free will anyway? To discuss these and related questions, Grant Bartley from Philosophy Now is joined by Sam Coleman from the University of Hertfordshire, Norman Bacrac from the South Place Ethical Society and independ...
20. podcast imageEpisode 23: The Neurophilosophy of Free Will with Uri Maoz
58 minutes
In this episode, we talk with brain scientist Uri Maoz about the neurophilosophy of free will. We ask about the role of neuroscience in the free will debate, how philosophers and neuroscientists can collaborate, and more.Uri's website: https://braininstitute.us/people/uri-maoz/Neurophilosophy... of Free Will project website: https://neurophil-freewill.org/Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefreewillshow/?hl=enFacebook:... https://www.facebook.com/The-F...
21. podcast imageEpisode 21: Introduction to Free Will and Science with Robyn Repko Waller
60 minutes
This episode is the first in a new season on free will and science. Over the course of the season, we’ll have episodes covering topics in neuroscience, psychology, and physics. To kick things off with a general introduction to free will and science, we are joined by Robyn Repko Waller. Robyn's website: https://sites.google.com/site/robynrepkowaller/homeRobyn's... John Templeton Foundation White Paper, "Recent Work on Agency, Freedom, and Responsibility: A Review": https://www.templeton.o...
22. podcast imageEpisode 29: Physics and Free Will with Jenann Ismael
60 minutes
In this episode, we talk with Jenann Ismael about how our ordinary conception of ourselves as agents who make free decisions is not in conflict with the classical deterministic model of physics. We also discuss how to think about determinism in light of recent advances in physics. Jenann's website: https://www.jenanni.com/Jenann's book: How Physics Makes Us FreeTwitter: https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefreewillshow/?hl=enFacebook:... https://www.faceboo...
23. podcast imageEpisode 1: Brains, Robots, and Free Will (Free Will and Morality Pt. 1)
71 minutes
Dave and Tamler talk about the new wave of skepticism about free will and moral responsibility in the popular press from people like Sam Harris and Jerry Coyne, and argue that neuroscientific data adds little of substance to the case other than telling us what we already know: human beings are natural biological entities. Dave comes out as a Star Trek nerd and asks whether we're all, in the end, like Data the android. They also wonder whether a belief in free will is all that's keeping us from having sex w...
24. podcast image80 | Jenann Ismael on Connecting Physics to the World of Experience
87 minutes
I talk with philosopher Jenann Ismael about how to think of free will, consciousness, and value in a world governed by the laws of physics.
25. podcast image#64 Patricia Churchland: Neurophilosophy, Consciousness, Free Will, and Morality
90 minutes
Dr. Patricia Churchland is a Canadian-American Philosopher noted for her contributions to neurophilosophy and the philosophy of mind. She is UC President's Professor of Philosophy Emerita at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She has also held an adjunct professorship at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies since 1989. She is a member of the Board of Trustees Moscow Center for Consciousness Studies of Philosophy Department, at Moscow State University. In 2015, she was elected a Fellow of t...

C. Moral Responsibility and Free Will

#Series  Episode
26. podcast image7.1 Free Will, Determinism and Choice
19 minutes
Part 7.1. Explores the problem of free will and the ideas of moral responsibility, determinism and choice; the need for a concept of freedom to allow free choice, the problems associated with this and asking whether we really have freedom of choice. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/...
27. podcast image7.4 Making Sense of Free Will and Moral Responsibility
10 minutes
Part 7.4. A brief explanation of Hume's argument for sentimentalism and Robert Kane's views on free will and determinism. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/...
28. podcast imageFree will, and its connection to moral responsibility
20 minutes
Professor Neil Levy explores the link between free will and responsibility. What makes us blameworthy for our actions? Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/...
29. podcast imageFree will, retribution and just deserts
35 minutes
Is free will an illusion? If so, it’s a very useful one. Belief in moral responsibility can keep us from behaving in ways that are anti-social or criminal. But if free will and moral responsibility can’t be justified philosophically, how should we deal with wrongdoers?
30. podcast imageEpisode 33: Free Will and Moral Luck with Robert Hartman
43 minutes
In this episode, we talk with Robert Hartman about the problems of free will and moral luck and how they are related to each other.Bob's website: http://www.robertjhartman.com/Bob's book, In Defense of Moral Luck: https://www.routledge.com/In-Defense-of-Moral-Luck-Why-Luck-Often-Affects-Praise... article, "Constitutive Moral Luck and Strawson's Argument for the Impossibility of Moral Responsibility": https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-the-american-philosophical-as......
31. podcast imageFree Will and Moral Responsibility | John Fischer
54 minutes
Is it possible to be morally responsible for a choice even if you could not have chosen otherwise? Can you have free will even if God knows ahead of time what you are about to choose? John Fischer argues the answer is yes.
32. podcast imageEpisode 14: Free Will Skepticism with Gregg Caruso
56 minutes
In this episode we talk with Gregg Caruso about free will skepticism, the view that we lack the freedom (or control) required for moral responsibility in the basic desert sense.Gregg's website:http://www.greggcaruso.com/Gregg... forthcoming book:https://www.cambridge.org/us/academ... new book co-written with Dan Dennett:https://politybooks.com/bookdeta... Gregg's Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article:https://plato.stanford.edu/entri... you have a question you’d like us to answer in our Q&...
33. podcast imageRationally Speaking #163 - Gregg Caruso on "Free Will and Moral Responsibility"
60 minutes
If people don't have free will, then can we be held morally responsible for our actions? In this episode Julia talks with philosopher Gregg Caruso, who advocates a position of "optimistic skepticism" on the topic.
34. podcast imageGregg D. Caruso, "Rejecting Retributivism: Free Will, Punishment, and Criminal Justice" (Cambridge UP, 2021)
69 minutes
According to an intuitive view, those who commit crimes are justifiably subject to punishment. Depending on the severity of the wrongdoing constitutive of the crime, punishment can be severe: incarceration, confinement, depravation, and so on. The common thought is that in committing serious crimes, persons render themselves deserving of punishment by the State. Punishment, then, is simply a matter of giving offenders their just deserts. Call this broad view retributivism. What if retributivism’s underlying...
35. podcast imageEp. 24 - Paul Russell: Free Will, Art, and Morality (& Compatibilism)
74 minutes
In this episode, I speak with Paul Russell about his 2008 paper, "Free Will, Art, and Morality," along with more general topics within the responsibility debate, included in Paul's chapter in the Oxford Handbook on Moral Responsibility (forthcoming). We discuss his case for compatibilism between determinism and moral responsibility.
36. podcast imageEpisode 2: The "Dangerous Truth" about Free Will (Free Will and Morality, Pt. 2)
74 minutes
Tamler and David discuss whether giving up our belief in free will makes us more likely to abandon our moral standards.
37. podcast imageEV - 194 Motivated free will beliefs with Cory Clark
75 minutes
My guest this week is Cory Clark (@ImHardcory), a visiting scholar in social psychology at University of Pennsylvania and cohost of Psyphilopod. We discuss her work studying belief in free will across political groups and its relationship to the desire to assign moral responsibility. Convocation: Ann Radcliffe - "A Sicilian Romance" Cory's Website: https://www.coryjclark.com/ Editing by Lu Lyons, check out her amazing podcast Filmed Live Musicals! http://www.filmedlivemusicals.com/podcast.html Music... ...
38. podcast image#24 - Deserts: Free Will and Moral Responsibility: A Dialogue with Gregg Caruso
104 minutes
In this episode, Xavier Bonilla has a dialogue with Gregg Caruso about free will, moral responsibility, and retributive justice. They begin with discussing the motivation and process for writing his new book with Daniel Dennett. They provide a definition...
39. podcast imagePrecognition of Ep. 93: Free Will (via Strawsons)
14 minutes
Guest Tamler Sommers (from the Very Bad Wizards podcast) summarizes Galen Strawson's "The Impossibility of Moral Responsibility" (1994) and his father P.F. Strawson's "Freedom and Resentment" (1960).
40. podcast imageUehiro Seminar: Rescuing Responsibility from the Retributivists - Neuroscience, Free Will and Criminal Punishment
42 minutes
Legal punishment as the routine infliction of suffering poses a serious challenge of justification. The challenge becomes more urgent as a number of thinkers argue that the dominant, retributivist answer fails in the light of the findings of neuroscience. In this talk I sketch a general account of retributivist justification of punishment and the basic neuroscientific argument against it. I then explore ways of challenging the argument by modifying the retributivist account of responsibility and desert. I a...

D. Contemporary Philosophers on Free Will

#Series  Episode
41. podcast imageDaniel Dennett on Free Will Worth Wanting
16 minutes
What is free will and why should we care about it? Daniel C. Dennett addresses these questions in a wide-ranging Philosophy Bites interview with Nigel Warburton. Philosophy Bites is made in association with The Institute of Philosophy.
42. podcast image#39 — Free Will Revisited
45 minutes
Sam Harris speaks with philosopher Daniel Dennett about free will. SUBSCRIBE to listen to the rest of this episode and gain access to all full-length episodes of the podcast at .
43. podcast imageEV - 043 Aaron Has Free Will Guys!
67 minutes
Guest Jody debates Aaron on Daniel Dennett's position on Free Will. We try to define what Free Will is and how that relates to a determinist philosophical view. We also examine the relationship of Free Will with consciousness.Opening InvocationThis Is America - Childish GambinoHero of the WeekDuplex
44. podcast imageProfessor Helen Steward - Free Will
Professor Helen Steward explains about free will and instinct, also if there are any difference between us, human animals and non human animals in regards to free will.
45. podcast imageProfessor Helen Steward - Free Will Part 2
Professor Helen Steward explains about determinism, if anyone ever acts freely, also the strong bond between some people and dogs.
46. podcast image#87 Helen Steward: Philosophy of Action, Free Will, Moral Responsibility
48 minutes
Dr. Helen Steward is a Professor of Philosophy of Mind and Action at the University of Leeds, in the UK. Her research focusses on Philosophy of Action, Free Will, Philosophy of Mind and Metaphysics. In February 2015 she was awarded a Research Leadership Fellowship by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. She’s an associate editor for the journal Philosophical Explorations. And she’s also the author of the books The Ontology of Mind, and A Metaphysics for Freedom.  | In this episode, we talk about P...
47. podcast image7/10/2019 – 112th PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS: Helen Steward on Free Will and External Reality: Two Scepticisms Compared
59 minutes
As the first talk for the 2019-20 Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, this year’s Presidential Address marks the official inauguration of Professor Helen Steward (University of Leeds) as the 112th President of the Aristotelian Society. The Society’s President is elected on the basis of lifelong, exemplary work in philosophy. | | Helen Steward is Professor of Philosophy of Mind and Action at the University of Leeds. She received her D.Phil from the University of Oxford in 1992. Before moving to Leeds i...
48. podcast imageHelen Steward: Do We Have Free Will?
126 minutes
Helen Steward is a philosopher and author of Metaphysics for Freedom (Oxford University Press), which argues that agency itself—and not merely the special, distinctively human variety of it—is incompatible with determinism. Keith and Philip Mind Chat with Helen about whether we have free will, and what that would entail about the ultimate nature of reality,
49. podcast imageChristian List on Free Will
24 minutes
What is free will? Do we have it? These are difficult questions. Neuroscience seems to point in the direction of determinism. But Christian List suggests that there might still be room for genuine free will.
50. podcast imageEpisode 30: Free Will as a Higher-Level Phenomenon with Christian List
56 minutes
In this episode, we talk with philosopher Christian List about a different way of responding to a challenge to free will from physics. Even if determinism is true at the level of physics, free will might still be possible at the higher and independent level of agency. Christian's website: https://personal.lse.ac.uk/LIST/Christian's... book, Why Free Will Is Real: https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674979581Twitter:... https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.insta...
51. podcast imageChristian List, "Why Free Will is Real" (Harvard UP, 2019)
66 minutes
Given our modern scientific view of the world, how is freedom of the will possible? That is the classical problem of free will. Strategies for addressing this problem include the flat denial of free will, as well as various attempts to render free will consistent with a physically deterministic world. Among these latter, there’s a tendency to redefine free will in a way that dissolves the apparent tension between freedom and determinism. In his new book, Why Free Will is Real (Harvard University Press, 2...
52. podcast image#419 Christian List: Why Free Will Is Real
89 minutes
Dr. Christian List is Professor of Philosophy and Decision Theory at LMU Munich and Co-Director of the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy. He’s the author of Why Free Will Is Real. | In this episode, we talk about Why Free Will Is Real. We start with some basic questions, like what is free will, and what is an agent. We then get into the moral side of things, and talk about moral responsibility and the law. We address three major challenges do free will (the “challenge from radical materialism,” the ...
53. podcast imageTHE ILLUSION OF FREE WILL A conversation with Gregg Caruso
56 minutes
THE ILLUSION OF FREE WILL A conversation with Gregg Caruso by Toby Buckle
54. podcast imageEpisode 7: The Illusion of Free Will (with Gregg Caruso)
92 minutes
You have only three options: One, you listen to this episode of your own free will. Two, you listen to this episode as a matter of pure chance, with neither cause nor reason. Three, you were predetermined since the big bang to listen to this episode. One way or another, you're going to hear philosopher Gregg Caruso join Pete Mandik as they gang up on Richard Brown, who intermittently operates under the illusion that he has libertarian free will.
55. podcast imageFree will, the self and other illusions | Galen Strawson
23 minutes
Galen Strawson unmasks free will as a necessary illusion.
56. podcast image#138 Keith Frankish: Consciousness, Illusionism, Free Will, and AI
83 minutes
Dr. Keith Frankish is a British philosopher and writer, currently living in Crete, Greece. He’s an Honorary Reader at the University of Sheffield, UK, a Visiting Research Fellow with The Open University, UK, and an Adjunct Professor with the Brain and Mind Programme at the University of Crete. He works mainly in philosophy of mind, also with interests in other areas of Philosophy. He’s also the author of books like Mind and Supermind (2004) and Illusionism: As a Theory of Consciousness (2017). | In this epi...
57. podcast image3/2/2020: Philip Goff on Panpsychism and Free Will
48 minutes
Philip Goff is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Durham University. His work is focused on how to integrate consciousness into our scientific worldview, and he defends panpsychism on the grounds that it avoids the difficulties faced by the more traditional options of physicalism and dualism. He has published an academic book on this topic – Consciousness and Fundamental Reality (Oxford University Press) – as well as a book aimed at a general audience – Galileo’s Error: Foundations for a New Science of Co...
58. podcast imageSimon Blackburn Part 2: Moral Relativism, Free Will, and the Meaning of Life
39 minutes
------------------Support the channel------------ | Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thedissenter | PayPal: paypal.me/thedissenter | ------------------Follow me on--------------------- | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thedissenteryt/ | Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDissenterYT | | Part 2 of the conversation with Dr. Simon Blackburn: Moral Relativism, Free Will, Meaning of Life. | Time Links: | 00:00 Contradictions of moral relativism  | 05:17 Nihilism  | 10:21 Free will and personal respons...
59. podcast imageThomas Pink on Free Will
18 minutes
We often blame people for what they do or fail to do. But that implies that they were free to choose whether or not to act in the way they did. At the same time science seems to reveal prior causes of all our actions. There seems little or no room for free will. In this episode of Philosophy Bites Thomas Pink, author of Free Will: A Very Short Introduction, discusses the Free Will Problem and outlines his own approach to it.
60. podcast imageBonus Episode: 50 Free Will Puzzles with Garrett Pendergraft
28 minutes
In this bonus episode, we talk with Garrett Pendergraft about his new book, Free Will and Human Agency: 50 Puzzles, Paradoxes, and Though Experiments. We’ll be back next month with season 5, which focuses on the problem of human freedom and divine foreknowledge.Garrett's website: https://seaver.pepperdine.edu/academics/faculty/garrett-pendergraft/Garrett&apos... book: https://www.routledge.com/Free-Will-and-Human-Agency-50-Puzzles-Paradoxes-and-Th... Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagra...
61. podcast imageEp. 43 - Garrett Pendergraft: "Free Will and Human Agency" (50 Thought Experiments)
73 minutes
In this episode, I speak with Garrett Pendergraft about his forthcoming book: FREE WILL AND HUMAN AGENCY: 50 PUZZLES, PARADOXES, AND THOUGHT EXPERIMENTS, which will be out in July 2022! We discuss three chapters on the Garden of Forking Paths, Uncertainty and Deliberation, and Divine Foreknowledge.
62. podcast image21/10/2013: Robert Kane on Acting “of One’s Own Free Will”: New Perspectives on an Ancient Philosophical Problem
54 minutes
Robert Kane (Ph. D. Yale University) is University Distinguished Teaching Professor of Philosophy Emeritus and Professor of Law at The University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of seven books and more that seventy articles on the philosophy of mind, free will and action, ethics and value theory and philosophy of religion, inclu­ding Free Will and Values (1985), Through the Moral Maze (1994), The Significance of Free Will (Oxford, 1996), A Contem­pora­ry Introduction to Free Will (Oxford, 2005), Four V...
63. podcast image#280 Manuel Vargas: Free Will, Moral Responsibility, And Social Justice
56 minutes
Dr. Manuel Vargas is a professor in the Department of Philosophy at UC San Diego, where he teaches classes on various topics, including ethics, the history of Mexican philosophy, and whatever it is he’s thinking about with respect to agency, moral psychology, and sociality. | In this episode, we focus on free will, moral responsibility, and the legal system. We first discuss what free will is about, and how we can determine if it exists. We also consider the degree to which we should take folk intuitions ab...
64. podcast imageEpisode 39: The Vagueness of "Free Will" with Santiago Amaya
32 minutes
In this episode, we talk with Santiago Amaya about an argument for the conclusion that "free will" is a vague term. We also talk about what Santiago thinks are some of the implications of this conclusion for the free will debate.Santiago's PhilPeople profile: https://philpeople.org/profiles/santiago-amayaSantiago's... podcast, "Free Will Matters": https://freewill.uniandes.edu.co/podcast/Twitter:... https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thef...
65. podcast imageEp. 7 - Do Unreflective Intentions Undermine Free Will?
17 minutes
On this episode of Upon Reflection, I read my 2021 paper in Logoi titled, "On Second Thought, Libet-style Unreflective Intentions May Be Compatible With Free Will". Imagine if I could predict your behavior before you even became of your conscious of yo...

E. Other Aspects of Free Will

#Series  Episode
66. podcast imageThe Portrayal of Free Will in 'Hamlet'
6 minutes
In this episode, the 14th of the '25 Days of 5 Minute Philosophy' series, we're doing a Philosophy/English Literature crossover, and will be looking at how free will is portrayed in Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'. Enjoy! | If you'd like to request an episode, or even do an episode yourself, please contact me on Instagram (@fiveminutephilosophy) or Twitter (@fiveminutephil1).  
67. podcast image32: William James on Free Will and Determinism
10 minutes
Today on the egg timer the topic will be how William James makes the case that a deterministic view of the world is confronted with a very challenging dilemma. | Send over your thoughts, questions or ideas for future episodes to: [email protected] | Image Attribution: By Notman Studios (photographer) - [1]MS Am 1092 (1185), Series II, 23, Houghton Library, Harvard University, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16250941...
68. podcast imageHoP 380 - Take Your Choice - Erasmus vs Luther on Free Will
24 minutes
Erasmus clashes with Martin Luther over the question whether our wills are free or enslaved to sin.
69. podcast image053 - Do We Have Free Will? Reason and Evolution Suggest "Yes" (with Qualifications)
27 minutes
A question for the ages - are we free?A recent survey of over 1,700 philosophers worldwide found that over 50% hold a compatibilist view, that both determinism and free will co-exist. Hegel was a champion of freedom and made it the cornerstone of his philosophy. He also recognized that much of our lives are also pre-determined. In this episode I will argue that free-will occurs in the present moment, where we have some degree of freedom to choose between alternative paths that we can envision. Only hu...
70. podcast imageEpisode 27: Developmental Psychology and Free Will with Tamar Kushnir
44 minutes
In this episode, we talk with psychologist Tamar Kushnir about the developmental origins of our beliefs in free will and agency. We also talk about studies comparing adults and children and cross-cultural differences in beliefs about agency.Tamar's website: http://ecclabduke.com/theteamTamar’s paper in Philosophy Compass: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/phc3.12529Twitter:... https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefreewillshow/?hl=enFacebook:... htt...
71. podcast imageEpisode 57: Free Willie
46 minutes
David and Tamler talk about a new study that links your belief in free will to the fullness of your bladder. How do our bodily states influence our metaphysical commitments? What's the best way to measure beliefs about free will? Can you get your prostate checked without having someone stick something in your private areas? Plus, an exclusive look at the shocking truth about social psychology experiments.
72. podcast imageEp. 25 - Matthew Flummer: The Free Will Show and Moral Responsibility
51 minutes
In this episode, I speak with Matthew Flummer about various episodes and topics from his podcast, The Free Will Show. We discuss Frankfurt cases, God's Foreknowledge as a threat to freedom, and the type of control needed for responsibility.
73. podcast image#394 Chiara Marletto: Quantum Mechanics, Constructor Theory, Free Will, and Reality
59 minutes
Dr. Chiara Marletto is Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the Department of Physics at Oxford University. Her research interests include Quantum Theory of Computation, Foundations of Physics, Condensed-Matter Physics and Quantum Biology. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the "Graduate Prize Scholarship" at Merton College, 2012; "Optime" Award for Academic Excellence, offered by Unione Industriale di Torino, 2011; and the "Ing. Vittorino Pollo e Dott.Ssa Zita Pollo" Award for Academic Excelle...
74. podcast image#554 Felipe De Brigard: Memory, Imagination, and Free Will
59 minutes
Dr. Felipe De Brigard is Fuchsberg-Levine Family Associate Professor at Duke University. Most of his research focuses on the way in which memory and imagination interact. So far, he has explored ways in which episodic memory both guides and constrains episodic counterfactual thinking (i.e., thoughts about alternative ways in which past personal events could have occurred), and how this interaction affects the perceived plausibility of imagined counterfactual events. He also explores the differential contrib...
75. podcast imageEp. 27 - Seth Shabo: Free Will Mysterianism
66 minutes
In this episode, I speak with Seth Shabo about Mysterianism, a view originated by Peter van Inwagen. We also touch related topics: determinism's relevance to responsibility, reactive attitudes, and the Luck Objection to free will.
76. podcast imageEp. 2.11 - (ft.) Ben Burgis and Jon Rosen: Do We Have Free Will?
97 minutes
In this episode, Ben Burgis and Jon Rosen join me for a discussion on whether we have free will, or not, and if we do have it, is it the important type of freedom? I very much enjoyed hearing the two of them spar and I hope you find it valuable as well.
77. podcast image#8 - Bias, Replication, and Free Will: A Dialogue with Cory Clark
134 minutes
In this episode, Xavier Bonilla has a dialogue with Cory Clark about bias within the social sciences, the replication crisis, and the concepts of free will and determinism. They start by defining the social sciences and discussing the challenges and prob...