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Podcast Profile: The Free Will Show

podcast imageTwitter: @thefreewillshow@taylorwcyr@MatthewFlummer
Site: thefreewillshow.com
82 episodes
2020 to present
Average episode: 43 minutes
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Categories: Interview-Style • Mind/Consciousness • Two Hosts

Podcaster's summary: Do any of us really have free will? What does it mean to have free will, anyway? Is free will compatible with determinism? Hasn’t science disproved free will? How could we have free will if God exists and foreknows everything that we will ever do? The Free Will Show provides a beginner-friendly introduction to the topic of free will while at the same time exposing listeners to cutting-edge developments on the topic. Hosted by a couple of philosophers, Taylor Cyr and Matt Flummer, The Free Will Show features interviews with guests on a diverse array of issues relating to free will, including issues in science and theology. thefreewillshow.com

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List Updated: 2024-Apr-20 06:06 UTC. Episodes: 82. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

Episodes
2024-Apr-15 • 7 minutes
The Free Will Show Book Trailer
Cohosts Taylor Cyr and Matt Flummer describe their new book How Free Are We? Conversations from the Free Will Show.Preorder the book from Oxford University Press: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/how-free-are-we-9780197657508?facet_narr... available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/How-Free-Are-We-Flummer/dp/0197657508Twitter:... https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefreewillshow/?hl=enFacebook:... https://www.facebook.com/The-Free-Will-Show-105535031200408/.....
2024-Apr-08 • 45 minutes
Episode 77: Ambivalence with Justin Coates
In this episode we talk with Justin Coates about the nature of ambivalence and arguments for and against it.Justin's website: https://djustincoates.com/index.htmlJustin's... book, In Praise of Ambivalence: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/in-praise-of-ambivalence-9780197652398?q... https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefreewillshow/?hl=enFacebook:... https://www.facebook.com/The-Free-Will-Show-105535031200408/...
2024-Mar-25 • 39 minutes
Episode 76: The Standing to Punish with Tommie Shelby
In this episode, we talk with Tommie Shelby about whether and when states lack the standing to punish. We also discuss Tommie's book on prison abolitionism, which makes the case for prison reform without accepting that incarceration is illegitimate.Tommie's website: https://www.tommieshelby.com/Tommie's... book, The Idea of Prison Abolition: https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691229751/the-idea-of-prison-abo... https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagra...
2024-Mar-11 • 51 minutes
Episode 75: Group Responsibility and Historicism with Stephanie Collins and Niels de Haan
In this episode, we talk with Stephanie Collins and Niels de Haan about whether structuralism or historicism best accounts for group responsibility.Stephanie's website: https://stephaniecollins.xyz/Niels's... website: https://sites.google.com/view/niels-de-haan/homepageTheir... paper, "Group Responsibility and Historicism": https://academic.oup.com/pq/advance-article/doi/10.1093/pq/pqad104/7329479Twitte... https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefree...
2024-Feb-26 • 37 minutes
Episode 74: Omissions and Moral Luck with Joseph Metz
In this episode, we talk with Joseph Metz about moral luck and responsibility for omissions.Joe's website: https://www.joseph-metz.com/homeJoe's... paper, “Omissions, Moral Luck, and Minding the (Epistemic) Gap”: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/canadian-journal-of-philosophy/article/o... https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefreewillshow/?hl=enFacebook:... https://www.facebook.com/The-Free-Will-Show-105535031200408/...
2024-Feb-12 • 50 minutes
Episode 73: Corporate Criminal Responsibility with Mihailis Diamantis
In this episode, we talk with Mihailis Diamantis about the nature of corporations and some similarities between corporate and individual criminal responsibility.Mihailis's website: https://law.uiowa.edu/people/mihailis-diamantisMihailis's... paper, "Corporate Criminal Minds": https://ndlawreview.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/NDL509.pdfTwitter:... https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefreewillshow/?hl=enFacebook:... https://www.facebook.com/The-Fre...
2024-Jan-29 • 31 minutes
Episode 72: Crime and Reparations with Raff Donelson
In this episode, we talk with Raff Donelson about several different topics, including his response to free will skepticism, whether its okay to make people responsible to make reparations for historical injustices, and his recent work on medieval criminal trials involving non-human animals.Raff's website: https://www.raffdonelson.com/Raff's paper, "Reparation, Responsibility, and Formalism: A Reply to Carnes": https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3717192Twitter:... https:/...
2024-Jan-15 • 41 minutes
Episode 71: The Principle of Alternative Possibilities with Justin Capes
In this episode, we talk with Justin Capes about the principle of alternative possibilities and his version of the flicker of freedom response to Frankfurt cases.Justin's website: https://www.justincapes.com/Justin's... book, Moral Responsibility and the Flicker of Freedom: https://academic.oup.com/book/46725Twitter:... https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefreewillshow/?hl=enFacebook:... https://www.facebook.com/The-Free-Will-Show-105535031200408/...
2023-Dec-18 • 27 minutes
Episode 70: Forgiveness and the Law with Simone Gubler
In this episode, we talk with Simone Gubler about forgiveness, its value, and some potential problems with institutional attempts to make forgiveness happen.Simone's website: https://simonegubler.com/Simone's paper, "Recent Work in Forgiveness": https://academic.oup.com/analysis/article-abstract/82/4/738/6908773?redirectedFr... https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefreewillshow/?hl=enFacebook:... https://www.facebook.com/The-Free-Will-Show-10553503...
2023-Dec-04 • 38 minutes
Episode 69: Addiction and the Law with Stephen Morse
In this episode, we talk with Stephen Morse about the nature of addiction and about the moral and criminal responsibility of people who suffer from addiction. Stephen's website: https://www.law.upenn.edu/faculty/smorse/Stephen's... book (edited with Adina Roskies), A Primer on Criminal Law and Neuroscience: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/a-primer-on-criminal-law-and-neuroscienc... https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefreewillshow/?hl=enFacebook:......
2023-Nov-20 • 42 minutes
Episode 68: Psychopathy and the Law with David Shoemaker
In this episode, we talk with David Shoemaker about his theory of different kinds of moral responsibility and its implications for psychopathy and the law.David's website: https://sites.google.com/site/dshoemakr/homeDavid's... book, Responsibility from the Margins: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/responsibility-from-the-margins-97801987... https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefreewillshow/?hl=enFacebook:... https://www.facebook.com/The-Free-Will-Sho...
2023-Nov-06 • 39 minutes
Episode 67: Children and the Law with Gideon Yaffe
In this episode, we talk with Gideon Yaffe about whether and to what extent children should be held less culpable for breaking the law.Gideon's website: https://law.yale.edu/gideon-yaffeGideon's... book, The Age of Culpability: Children and the Age of Criminal Responsibility: https://academic.oup.com/book/8349?login=falseTwitter:... https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefreewillshow/?hl=enFacebook:... https://www.facebook.com/The-Free-Will-Show-1055350312004...
2023-Oct-23 • 43 minutes
Episode 66: Overpunishment with Saul Smilansky
In this episode, we talk with Saul Smilansky about overpunishment, focusing on the question of whether overpunishing a guilty person is morally worse than punishing an innocent person. We also briefly discuss Saul's work on free will and illusion.Saul's website: https://www.saulsmilansky.com/Saul's... book, Free Will and Illusion: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/free-will-and-illusion-9780199252596?q=s... paper, "Overpunishment and the Punishment of the Innocent": https://on...
2023-Oct-09 • 36 minutes
Episode 65: Rehabilitation with Katrina Sifferd
In this episode, we talk with Katrina Sifferd about the rehabilitation of criminal offenders and the effects that environments can have on criminal behavior and rehabilitation.Katrina's website: https://pleasandexcuses.net/Katrina's... paper, "Structural Injustice and Fair Opportunity": https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11572-023-09697-1Twitter:... https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefreewillshow/?hl=enFacebook:... https://www.facebook.c...
2023-Sep-25 • 30 minutes
Episode 64: Moral Authority and Punishment with Victor Tadros
In this episode, we talk with Victor Tadros about moral authority (or standing) and punishment. In particular, we ask about what it would mean for the state to be complicit in the behavior of criminal offenders and how that complicity might affect its standing to punish. Victor's website: https://vtadros367761169.wordpress.com/Victor's... book, Criminal Responsibility: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/criminal-responsibility-9780199225828Twi... https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:....
2023-Sep-18 • 25 minutes
Episode 63: Mens Rea with Craig Agule
In this episode, we talk with Craig Agule about some of the philosophical issues related to mens rea requirements in the law and also about the connection between mens rea and free will.Craig's website: https://craigagule.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefreewillshow/?hl=enFacebook:... https://www.facebook.com/The-Free-Will-Show-105535031200408/...
2023-Sep-06 • 30 minutes
Episode 62: Theories of Punishment with Erin Kelly
In this episode, we talk with Erin Kelly about the main theories of justification for punishment, as well as some challenges for those theories. We also ask her about her work on moving from retributive to restorative justice.Erin's website: https://erinikelly.comErin's book, The Limits of Blame: Rethinking Punishment and Responsibility: https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674980778... Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefreewillshow/...
2023-Aug-16 • 51 minutes
Episode 61: Introduction to Free Will and the Law with Kyle Fritz
This episode starts a new season on free will and the law. In a wide-ranging discussion, Kyle Fritz gives some background for various key issues at the intersection of free will and the law.Kyle's website: https://kylegfritz.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefreewillshow/?hl=enFacebook:... https://www.facebook.com/The-Free-Will-Show-105535031200408/...
2023-May-29 • 55 minutes
Episode 60: Compatibilism and Reduction with Robert Wallace
In this episode, we talk with Robert Wallace about a dilemma for compatibilist views that reductively explain free will in terms of dispositions.Robert's website: https://www.roberthwallace.com/Robert's... paper, "A Dilemma for Reductive Compatibilism": https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10670-021-00475-wTwitter:... https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefreewillshow/?hl=enFacebook:... https://www.facebook.com/The-Free-Will-Show-105535031200...
2023-May-15 • 38 minutes
Episode 59: Crime and Public Health with Nadine Elzein
In this episode we talk with Nadine Elzein about the public health model for responding to criminal behavior. We ask about reasons for preferring this model (including free will skepticism) as well as some common objections to treating crime like a public health issue. Nadine's website: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/philosophy/people/summaries/elzein/Twitter:... https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefreewillshow/?hl=enFacebook:... https://www.facebook.com/The-Fre...
2023-May-01 • 31 minutes
Episode 58: Options and Agency with John Maier
In this episode we talk with John Maier about what he calls 'options' and how they’re related in other issues in the philosophy of agency. John's website: https://www.jmaier.netJohn's book, Options and Agency: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-031-10243-1Twitter:... https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefreewillshow/?hl=enFacebook:... https://www.facebook.com/The-Free-Will-Show-105535031200408/...
2023-Apr-17 • 43 minutes
Episode 57: The Reason View with Susan Wolf
In this episode, we talk with Susan Wolf about her view of free will, which she calls "The Reason View," and how her view has evolved over the years. Susan's website: https://philosophy.unc.edu/people/susan-wolf/Susan's... book, Freedom within Reason: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/freedom-within-reason-9780195085655?cc=u... https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefreewillshow/?hl=enFacebook:... https://www.facebook.com/The-Free-Will-Show-10...
2023-Apr-03 • 42 minutes
Episode 56: Raising the Stakes in the Free Will Debate with Justin Caouette
In this episode, we talk with Justin Caouette about a variety of topics that he’s interested in in the free will debate as well as what is at stake in the debate itself. Justin's website: http://www.profjustincaouette.com/Justin's... co-edited volume, Free Will and Moral Responsibility: https://www.cambridgescholars.com/free-will-and-moral-responsibility-15Twitter:... https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefreewillshow/?hl=enFacebook:... https://www.facebook....
2023-Mar-20 • 46 minutes
Episode 55: Blameworthiness and Forgiveness with Per-Erik Milam
In this episode, we talk with Per-Erik Milam about blameworthiness and forgiveness. Along the way, we talk about two types of view about what forgiveness is.Per's website: http://www.pererikmilam.com/Per's chapter discussed in the episode is called "Forgiveness," and it is in the Oxford Handbook of Moral Responsibility: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-oxford-handbook-of-moral-responsibil... https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefreewill...
2023-Mar-06 • 26 minutes
Episode 54: Action Explanations with Megan Fritts
In this episode we talk with Megan Fritts about causal and non-causal theories of action explanation and why she prefers a non-causal approach.Megan's website: https://sites.google.com/view/meganjfritts/homeMegan's... paper, "Reasons Explanations as Structural Explanations": https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11229-021-03349-4Twitter:... https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefreewillshow/?hl=enFacebook:... https://www.facebook.com/The-Free-...
2023-Feb-20 • 51 minutes
Episode 53: Manipulation and Intentional Agency with Andrei Buckareff
In this episode, we talk with Andrei Buckareff about a kind of soft-line response to the manipulation argument that draws from work within the philosophy of action.Andrei's website: https://sites.google.com/site/andreibuckareff/Twitter:... https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefreewillshow/?hl=enFacebook:... https://www.facebook.com/The-Free-Will-Show-105535031200408/...
2023-Feb-06 • 33 minutes
Episode 52: Free Will as a Natural Kind with Oisín Deery
In this episode, we talk with Oisín Deery about his work on free will as a natural kind. Along the way, we talk about what it feels like to act freely, whether freedom is compatible with determinism, and whether artificial intelligences could have free will.Oisin's website: https://www.oisindeery.com/Oisin's book, Naturally Free Action: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/naturally-free-action-9780198789796?cc=i... https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thef...
2023-Jan-23 • 34 minutes
Episode 51: Flickers of Freedom with Bradford Stockdale
In this episode, we discuss a popular response to Frankfurt cases called the "flicker of freedom" strategy. Our guest is Bradford Stockdale.Brad's PhilPeople profile: https://philpeople.org/profiles/bradford-stockdaleBrad's... paper, "Moral Responsibility, Alternative Possibilities, and Acting on One's Own": https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10892-020-09353-zTwitter:... https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefreewillshow/?hl=...
2022-Dec-12 • 90 minutes
Episode 50: Double Compatibilism with Greg Welty
In this episode, we talk with Greg Welty about what compatibilists about freedom and determinism could contribute to the debate about freedom and foreknowledge.Greg's website: http://www.gregwelty.com/Greg's book, Why Is There Evil in the World (And So Much Of It)?: https://www.christianfocus.com/products/2741/why-is-there-evil-inTwitter:... https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefreewillshow/?hl=enFacebook:... https://www.facebook.com/The-Free-Will-Show-1055...
2022-Nov-28 • 49 minutes
Episode 49: Open Theism, Part 2 with Patrick Todd
This is our second of two episodes on open theism. We talk with Patrick Todd about two versions of the view and why he prefers the open future open theist view.Patrick's website: http://www.patricktodd.co/Patrick's book, The Open Future: Why Future Contingents Are All False: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-open-future-9780192897916?cc=us&... of essays co-edited and co-introduced by Patrick (with John Martin Fischer), Freedom, Fatalism, and Foreknowledge: https://global.oup.com/acad...
2022-Nov-14 • 54 minutes
Episode 48: Open Theism, Part 1 with William Hasker
This is our first of two episodes on open theism, the view that we have free will and that it is incompatible with divine foreknowledge. In this episode, we talk with William Hasker about reasons to be an open theist and some potential challenges.Bill's website: https://www.huntington.edu/meet-the-faculty/william-haskerInfluential... book on open theism, to which Bill is a contributor, The Openness of God: https://www.ivpress.com/the-openness-of-godBill's... book, God, Time and Knowledge: https://...
2022-Oct-31 • 45 minutes
Episode 47: Sourcehood Libertarianism with David Hunt
In this episode, we talk with David Hunt about the source-libertarian response to the problem of freedom and foreknowledge, according to which, although causal determinism would rule out moral responsibility, alternative possibilities are not required.David's website: https://www.whittier.edu/academics/philosophy/david-huntDavid's... paper, "On Augustine's Way Out": https://www.pdcnet.org/scholarpdf/show?id=faithphil_1999_0016_0001_0003_0026&... David's coauthored entry (wit...
2022-Oct-17 • 38 minutes
Episode 46: The Dependence Response, Part 2 with Philip Swenson
This episode is the second in a two-part series on the dependence response to the problem of freedom and foreknowledge. In this episode, we talk with Philip Swenson about his version of the dependence response, whether Molinists can accept the response, and more.Philip's website: https://sites.google.com/site/philipjswenson/homePhilip's... paper, "Ability, Foreknowledge, and Explanatory Dependence": https://philpapers.org/archive/SWEAFA.pdfAnother... interview with Philip on his dilemma...
2022-Oct-03 • 36 minutes
Episode 45: The Dependence Response, Part 1 with Trenton Merricks
This episode is the first in a two-part series on the dependence response to the problem of freedom and foreknowledge. In this episode, we talk with Trenton Merricks about truth, dependence, foreknowledge, and freedom. Trenton's website: https://www.trentonmerricks.com/Trenton's... paper, "Truth and Freedom": https://www.trentonmerricks.com/public/publications/Truth-and-Freedom.pdf... Trenton's paper, "Foreknowledge and Freedom": https://www.trentonmerricks.com/public/publ...
2022-Sep-19 • 42 minutes
Episode 44: Molinism with William Lane Craig
In this episode, we talk with William Lane Craig about Molinism, a view about the compatibility of divine providence and human free will that is sometimes brought up in response to the challenge of divine foreknowledge.Bill's website: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/Bill's... book, The Only Wise God: https://wipfandstock.com/9781579103163/the-only-wise-god/Bill's... book, Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom: https://brill.com/view/title/2069?language=enTwitter:... https://twitter.com/thefr...
2022-Sep-05 • 60 minutes
Episode 43: Ockhamism with Amy Seymour
In this episode, we talk with Amy Seymour about Ockhamist solution to the problem of freedom and foreknowledge. Along the way, we discuss various related issues in the philosophy of time.Amy's website: https://www.amyseymour.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefreewillshow/?hl=enFacebook:... https://www.facebook.com/The-Free-Will-Show-105535031200408/...
2022-Aug-22 • 41 minutes
Episode 42: Boethianism with Katherin Rogers
In this episode, we talk with Katherin Rogers about the Boethian response to the problem of freedom and foreknowledge, according to which God’s timelessness helps to solve the problem.Kate's website: https://www.udel.edu/faculty-staff/experts/katherin-rogers/Kate's... recent book, The Experimental Approach to Free Will: https://www.routledge.com/The-Experimental-Approach-to-Free-Will-Freedom-in-the-... book, Freedom and Self Creation: Anselmian Libertarianism: https://global.oup.com/academic/produ...
2022-Aug-08 • 42 minutes
Episode 41: Introduction to Freedom and Foreknowledge with Simon Kittle
This episode is the first in a new season on the puzzle of divine foreknowledge and human free will. Our guest, Simon Kittle, introduces the problem of freedom and foreknowledge and gives an overview of the responses to this problem that we’ll cover in more detail in the remaining episodes of this season.Simon's website: https://www.simonkittle.com/ Simon's book (with Leigh Vicens), God and Human Freedom: https://www.cambridge.org/core/elements/abs/god-and-human-freedom/D0EE63BB14A6F9... Twitter:...
2022-Jul-21 • 28 minutes
Bonus Episode: 50 Free Will Puzzles with Garrett Pendergraft
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...
2022-May-16 • 43 minutes
Episode 40: Moral Luck and Transformative Experiences with Marcela Herdova
In this episode, we talk with Marcela Herdova about moral luck and transformative experiences—the kind of experiences that fundamentally change who we are. Marcela's website: https://marcelaherdova.com/Marcela's... paper, "Transformative Moral Luck": https://www.pdcnet.org/msp/content/msp_2019_0043_0162_0180Twitter:... https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefreewillshow/?hl=enFacebook:... https://www.facebook.com/The-Free-Will-Show-105535031200408/....
2022-May-02 • 32 minutes
Episode 39: The Vagueness of "Free Will" with Santiago Amaya
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...
2022-Apr-18 • 34 minutes
Episode 38: Omissions and Frankfurt Cases with John Stigall
In this episode, we talk with John Stigall about omissions and Frankfurt cases. John defends the view that, while we can be morally responsible for performing positive actions even if we lack the ability to do otherwise, moral responsibility for omissions requires the ability to do otherwise.John's website: https://philpeople.org/profiles/john-stigall... John's article, "Causation, Norms, and Omissions: A Study of Causal Judgments (with Randolph Clarke, Joshua Shepherd, Robyn Repko Waller, an...
2022-Apr-04 • 38 minutes
Episode 37: Mental Illness and Moral Responsibility with Sofia Jeppsson
In this episode, we talk with Sofia Jeppsson about why we should not take mental illness to function as an exemption from moral responsibility and why we shouldn’t take what P. F. Strawson called the “objective stance” towards those who are mentally ill.Sofia's departmental website: https://www.umu.se/en/staff/sofia-jeppsson/... Sofia's personal website: https://www.sofiajeppsson.com/Sofia's... article, "Psychosis and Intelligibility": https://muse.jhu.edu/article/806103Twitter:... ...
2022-Mar-21 • 59 minutes
Episode 36: Manipulation, Bypassing, and Nonconsensual Neurocorrectives with Gabriel De Marco
In this episode, we talk with Gabriel De Marco about various manipulation cases and different ways philosophers have responded to them. We also talk about real-life cases of interventions that are similar to the manipulations in philosophical thought experiments.Gabriel's website: https://www.neuroethics.ox.ac.uk/people/dr-gabriel-de-marco?filter_types-688386[... paper, "Nonconsensual Neurocorrectives, Bypassing, and Free Action" (open access): https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11098...
2022-Mar-07 • 41 minutes
Episode 35: Strawsonianism and Manipulation Arguments with Andrew Latham and Hannah Tierney
In this episode, we talk with Andrew Latham and Hannah Tierney about their recent collaborative work on manipulation arguments against compatibilism. They offer a novel response to those arguments by drawing from the work of P. F. Strawson.Andrew's website: https://andrewjlatham.wixsite.com/andrewlathamHannah's... website: https://www.hannahtierney.com/ Andrew and Hannah's paper, "Defusing Existential and Universal Threats to Compatibilism: A Strawsonian Dilemma for Manipulation Argument...
2022-Feb-21 • 42 minutes
Episode 34: The Epistemic Condition and Tracing with Daniel Miller
In this episode, we talk with Daniel Miller about when and why ignorance functions as an excuse from blameworthiness, and how this is related to a phenomenon called “tracing”.Dan's website: http://www.danieljamesmiller.com/Dan's... paper, "Reasonable Foreseeability and Blameless Ignorance": https://philpapers.org/archive/MILRFA-3.pdfDan's... entry on ignorance and blame at 1000-Word Philosophy: https://1000wordphilosophy.com/2019/02/14/ignorance-and-blame/Twitter:... https://twitter...
2022-Feb-07 • 43 minutes
Episode 33: Free Will and Moral Luck with Robert Hartman
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......
2022-Jan-24 • 58 minutes
Episode 32: Incompatibilism and Incompossibilism with Kristin Mickelson
In this episode, we talk with Kristin Mickelson about whether philosophers are using the term “incompatibilism” in different ways and what implications this may have for the free will debate.Kristin's PhilPeople profile: https://philpeople.org/profiles/kristin-m-mickelson... Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefreewillshow/?hl=enFacebook:... https://www.facebook.com/The-Free-Will-Show-105535031200408/...
2022-Jan-10 • 55 minutes
Episode 31: Dependence, Freedom, and Foreknowledge with Andrew Law
This episode kicks off our fourth season, which will feature the work of mostly earlier-career scholars on a range of topics related to free will. Here we interview Andrew Law on the problem of divine foreknowledge and human free will, focusing on the increasingly popular dependence solution to the problem.Andrew's website: https://andrewlaw91.wixsite.com/websiteTwitter:... https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefreewillshow/?hl=enFacebook:... https://www.facebook...
2021-Dec-13 • 56 minutes
Episode 30: Free Will as a Higher-Level Phenomenon with Christian List
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...
2021-Nov-29 • 60 minutes
Episode 29: Physics and Free Will with Jenann Ismael
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...
2021-Nov-15 • 46 minutes
Episode 28: Situationism with Christian Miller
In this episode, we talk with Christian Miller about studies in psychology that seem to show that our actions are more influenced by the situations that we’re in than by our character or conscious willing. We also talk about how these studies relate to free will and moral responsibility, as well as Christian’s own view.Christian's website: https://www.christianbmiller.com/Christian's... book, The Character Gap: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-character-gap-9780197503805?lang=en&... Twi...
2021-Nov-01 • 44 minutes
Episode 27: Developmental Psychology and Free Will with Tamar Kushnir
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...
2021-Oct-18 • 51 minutes
Episode 26: Willpower and Ego Depletion with Roy Baumeister
In this episode, we talk with social psychologist Roy Baumeister about willpower and an effect that Roy calls “ego depletion”. We also ask Roy about his recent work developing a scientific theory of free will. Roy's website: https://roybaumeister.com/Roy's book on Willpower (cowritten with John Tierney): https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/307740/willpower-by-roy-f-baumeister-an... https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefreewillshow/?hl=enFacebook:... ht...
2021-Oct-04 • 34 minutes
Episode 25: Monkeys and Free Will with Adina Roskies
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://...
2021-Sep-20 • 53 minutes
Episode 24: The Neural Basis of Free Will with Peter Ulric Tse
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...
2021-Sep-06 • 58 minutes
Episode 23: The Neurophilosophy of Free Will with Uri Maoz
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...
2021-Aug-23 • 55 minutes
Episode 22: The Libet Experiment with Tim Bayne
In this episode, Tim Bayne explains a famous experiment by brain scientist Benjamin Libet— an experiment that Libet took to show that we have no free will. We discuss several critical responses to Libet, and Tim argues that, even if unsuccessful in his original aims, Libet has raised good questions for philosophers, physiologists, and neuroscientists to explore.Tim's website: https://www.mmcr.edu.au/our_people/tim-bayne/... Libet's 1985 Behavioral and Brain Sciences paper, including peer commenta...
2021-Aug-09 • 60 minutes
Episode 21: Introduction to Free Will and Science with Robyn Repko Waller
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...
2021-May-17 • 59 minutes
Episode 20: Season 2 Q&A
Cohosts Taylor Cyr and Matt Flummer answer listener questions about the issues and ideas brought up in Season 2 of The Free Will Show.Asimov, Bicentennial Manhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0182789/... Trek: The Next Generation, The Measure of a Manhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0708807/... Timpe, Free Will: Sourcehood and its Alternativeshttps://www.bloomsbury.com/u... https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefreewillshow/?hl=enFacebook:... https://www.facebook.com/The-Free-...
2021-May-03 • 35 minutes
Episode 19: Mysterianism with Seth Shabo
In this episode, we talk with Seth Shabo about mysterianism, the view that we have free will, but it is a mystery how it is that we have it. While not a mysterian himself, Seth explains the attractions of the view and addresses some common objections, and we end by asking Seth about his own views on free will and moral responsibility.Seth's website: https://philpapers.org/s/Seth%20ShaboSeth's... paper, "Why Free Will Remains a Mystery": https://philpapers.org/rec/SHAWFWIf you have a ques...
2021-Apr-18 • 34 minutes
Episode 18: Revisionism with Manuel Vargas
In this episode, we talk with Manuel Vargas about revisionism, a family of views according to which our ordinary conception of free will needs to be revised. Manuel's website: http://vargasphilosophy.com/Manuel's... book, Building Better Beings: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/building-better-beings-9780199697540?cc=... F. Strawson’s classic paper, “Freedom and Resentment”: https://philpapers.org/rec/STRFAR-4If you have a question you’d like us to answer in our Q&A episode, get in touc...
2021-Apr-05 • 52 minutes
Episode 17: Compatibilism, Part 3 (Semicompatibilism) with Michael McKenna
In this episode, we talk with Michael McKenna about semicompatibilism (or, perhaps better, source compatibilism). We discuss two versions of the view: “mesh” theories (including Harry Frankfurt’s hierarchical model) and reasons-responsiveness theories.Michael's website: https://msmckenna.com/Michael's book, Conversation and Responsibility: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/conversation-and-responsibility-97801997... Frankfurt’s paper, “Freedom of the Will and the Concept of a Person”: https:...
2021-Mar-22 • 40 minutes
Episode 16: Compatibilism, Part 2 (Dispositional Compatibilism) with Kadri Vihvelin
In this episode, we interview Kadri Vihvelin about a recent development of the classical compatibilist position—a development that has come to be known as "dispositional compatibilism." Along the way we discuss time travel, abilities, dispositions, and much more.Kadri's website: http://vihvelin.com/Kadri's book, Causes, Laws, and Free Will: Why Determinism Doesn't Matter: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/causes-laws-and-free-will-9780199795185?... recent time travel paper, &q...
2021-Mar-08 • 46 minutes
Episode 15: Compatibilism, Part 1 (Classical Compatibilism) with Helen Beebee
In this episode, we ask Helen Beebee about a range of compatibilist positions, beginning with the “classical compatibilism” of Hobbes/Hume and then turning to the conditional analysis of ability, David Lewis’s “local miracle compatibilism,” and, finally, “Humean compatibilism.”Helen's website: https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/Helen.Beebee.htmlHelen’s... book, Free Will: An Introduction: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9780230232921Helen’s... paper, “Local Miracle Compatibilism”: https://...
2021-Feb-22 • 56 minutes
Episode 14: Free Will Skepticism with Gregg Caruso
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&...
2021-Feb-08 • 45 minutes
Episode 13: Libertarianism, Part 3 (Non-Causal) with David Palmer
This is the third of a three-part series on varieties of libertarianism. In this episode, we talk with David Palmer about non-causal libertarianism.David's website:https://philosophy.utk.edu/staff... forthcoming article defending noncausal free will: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11229-020-02701-4David's... book Libertarian Free Will: Contemporary Debates https://oxford.universitypressscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860... you have a question you’d like us to answer i...
2021-Jan-25 • 54 minutes
Episode 12: Libertarianism, Part 2 (Agent-Causal) with Timothy O'Connor
This episode is the second of a three-part series on varieties of libertarianism. In this episode, we talk with Timothy O'Connor about agent causal libertarianism.Tim's website: https://philosophy.indiana.edu/people/oconnor.shtmlTim's... book: Persons and Causes: The Metaphysics of Free Will: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/persons-and-causes-9780195153743?cc=ca&a... interviews on Closer to Truth: https://www.closertotruth.com/contributor/timothy-oconnor/profile... Stanford Encycloped...
2021-Jan-11 • 51 minutes
Episode 11: Libertarianism, Part 1 (Event-Causal) with Christopher Franklin
This season begins with a three-part series on varieties of libertarianism. In this episode, we talk with Chris Franklin about his version of event-causal libertarianism.Chris's website:https://christopherefranklin.wee... book: A Minimal Libertarianism:https://global.oup.com/ac... Encyclopedia of Philosophy, “Free Will”: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/freewill/If... you have a question you’d like us to answer in our Q&A episode, get in touch with us at [email protected], via the show’s ...
2020-Dec-06 • 2 minutes
The Free Will Show Season 2 Trailer
Cohosts Taylor Cyr and Matt Flummer describe Season 2 of The Free Will Show.Taylor’s website: taylorwcyr.comMatt’s website: matthewflummer.weebly.com/If you have a question you’d like us to answer in our Q&A episode, get in touch with us at [email protected], via the show’s website: thefreewillshow.com, or through social media:Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefreewillshow/?hl=enFacebook:... https://www.facebook.com/The-Free-Will-Show-10553503...
2020-Nov-23 • 34 minutes
Episode 10: Q&A
Cohosts Taylor Cyr and Matt Flummer answer listener questions about the issues and ideas brought up in Season 1 of The Free Will Show.We discussed Neil Levy's book Hard Luck in this episode: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/hard-luck-9780199601387?cc=ca&lang=e... you have a question you’d like us to answer in a future Q&A episode, get in touch with us at [email protected], via the show’s website: thefreewillshow.com, or through social media:Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefreewi...
2020-Nov-09 • 41 minutes
Episode 9: Moral Luck with Dana Kay Nelkin
In this episode, Dana Kay Nelkin explains the problem of moral luck, which raises a challenge for all theories of freedom and responsibility. After giving several examples of moral luck, Dana explains some types of response to this challenge.Dana’s website:http://www.danakaynelkin.com/Dan... article on Moral Luck in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy:https://plato.stanford.edu/en... Nagel's famous paper on moral luck:https://www.jstor.org/stable/410682... Man in the High Castle is on Amazon Prime ...
2020-Oct-26 • 51 minutes
Episode 8: The Manipulation Argument with Derk Pereboom
In this episode, Derk Pereboom explains the manipulation argument—an argument that aims at showing that determinism and free will are incompatible. After walking us through his widely discussed “Four-Case Argument,” Derk summarizes Alfred Mele’s “Zygote Argument” and responds to a variety of objections to manipulation arguments.Derk’s website:http://derk-pereboom.net/Derk’s Books:Free Will, Agency, and Meaning in Life: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/free-will-agency-and-meaning-in-life-978... View...
2020-Oct-12 • 43 minutes
Episode 7: Frankfurt Cases with Carolina Sartorio
In this episode, Carolina Sartorio explains “Frankfurt cases”—cases that call into question the intuitive idea, sometimes called the principle of alternative possibilities (“PAP” for short), according to which moral responsibility requires alternative possibilities. After talking through one type of objection to Frankfurt cases, Carolina discusses the significance of Frankfurt cases, which she argues extends beyond their role as alleged counterexamples to PAP.Carolina’s Website: http://sartorio.arizona.edu/...
2020-Sep-28 • 38 minutes
Episode 6: The Problem of Luck with Alfred Mele
In this episode, Alfred Mele explains the problem of luck for libertarianism (the view that we have free will and that free will is incompatible with determinism). Along the way, we discuss different types of libertarian views of free will, as well as Al’s own proposed solution to the problem of luck on behalf of libertarians. Al’s Website: http://myweb.fsu.edu/amele/almele.htmlAl’s... book on this subject: Free Will and Luck: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/free-will-and-luck-9780195374391?cc=us&a....
2020-Sep-14 • 33 minutes
Episode 5: The Consequence Argument with Peter van Inwagen
In this episode, Peter van Inwagen explains the consequence argument for incompatibilism. Afterwards, he discusses what he takes to be the problem of freedom and determinism.Peter’s Website: https://philosophy.nd.edu/people/emeritus/peter-van-inwagen/A... collection of Peter’s written work: https://andrewmbailey.com/pvi/Papers referenced in the episode:"Are We Free to Break the Laws?" by David Lewishttps://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi... Reconsideration of an Argument Against Compatibilism” by Thom...
2020-Aug-31 • 45 minutes
Episode 4: Divine Foreknowledge with Linda Zagzebski
In this episode, Linda Zagzebski explains the argument from God’s infallible foreknowledge to the conclusion that no one has free will. After discussing several responses to the argument, she then explains why this problem is interesting—whether one is a theist or not.Linda’s website: https://www.ou.edu/cas/philosophy/people/faculty/linda-zagzebskiRecommended... resources:Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, “Foreknowledge and Free Will”: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/free-will-foreknowledge/Linda&apos...
2020-Aug-17 • 55 minutes
Episode 3: Logical Fatalism with Alicia Finch
In this episode, Alicia Finch explains an intriguing argument for logical fatalism—the view that the laws of logic preclude out having free will—as well as four types of response to the argument.Alicia’s website: https://www.aliciafinch.com/Recommended resources:Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, “Fatalism”: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/fatalism/If... you have a question you’d like us to answer in our Q&A episode, get in touch with us at [email protected], via the show’s website: thefree...
2020-Aug-04 • 3 minutes
The Free Will Show Trailer
Cohosts Taylor Cyr and Matt Flummer describe Season 1 of The Free Will Show.Taylor’s website: taylorwcyr.comMatt’s website: matthewflummer.weebly.com/If you have a question you’d like us to answer in our Q&A episode, get in touch with us at [email protected], via the show’s website: thefreewillshow.com, or through social media:Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefreewillshowInstagram:... https://www.instagram.com/thefreewillshow/?hl=enFacebook:... https://www.facebook.com/The-Free-Will-Show-10553503...
2020-Jul-28 • 51 minutes
Episode 2: Fatalism, Foreknowledge, and Determinism with John Martin Fischer
In this episode, John Martin Fischer explains three potential threats to our having free will in the sense of having the freedom to do otherwise than what we actually do: the threats from logical fatalism, divine foreknowledge, and causal determinism. John ends by giving a teaser for an alternative conception of free will.John Martin Fischer’s website: https://alaw003.wixsite.com/johnmartinfischerRecommended... resources:The book that John mentions at the end of the episode is Four Views on Free Will: https...
2020-Jul-28 • 40 minutes
Episode 1: An Introduction to Free Will
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...
2020-Jul-27 • 39 minutes
Episode 0: Introduction to the Free Will Show
In this episode, cohosts Taylor Cyr and Matt Flummer introduce themselves and this podcast. Along the way they discuss what the discipline of philosophy is and why they’re making this podcast.Taylor’s website: taylorwcyr.comMatt’s website: matthewflummer.weebly.com/Also, Matt forgot to mention the name of his college: Porterville CollegeIf you have a question you’d like us to answer in our Q&A episode, get in touch with us at [email protected], via the show’s website: thefreewillshow.com, or thr...