Duke's Summer Seminars in Neuroscience and Philosophy

The Duke Philosophy Department is pleased to announce that professors Felipe De Brigard and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong have received a $1.8 million dollar grant from the John Templeton Foundation to
The Duke Philosophy Department is pleased to announce that professors Felipe De Brigard and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong have received a $1.8 million dollar grant from the John Templeton Foundation to [More]

X-Phi of Free Will in New Scientist Magazine

With a really nice piece about the recent paper by Eddy Nahmias, Jason Shepard and Shane Reuter. A big congratulations to the three of
With a really nice piece about the recent paper by Eddy Nahmias, Jason Shepard and Shane Reuter. A big congratulations to the three of [More]

experimental philosophy of manipulation

Josh Knobe recently prompted a discussion on Flickers about a forthcoming paper that offers a psychological explanation of why manipulation intuitively reduces the extent to which agents are blamed
Josh Knobe recently prompted a discussion on Flickers about a forthcoming paper that offers a psychological explanation of why manipulation intuitively reduces the extent to which agents are blamed [More]

Higher-Order Problems of Evil

Trent’s interesting post about evil and hiddenness has reminded me of the following draft that I wrote some time ago: — The problem of evil challenges theism by raising the following
Trent’s interesting post about evil and hiddenness has reminded me of the following draft that I wrote some time ago: — The problem of evil challenges theism by raising the following [More]

Mele & Nahmias on Philosophy TV

Al Mele and Eddy Nahmias have an illuminating conversation about the relationship between free will and recent advances in neuroscience and social psychology in the latest episode of Philosophy TV.
Al Mele and Eddy Nahmias have an illuminating conversation about the relationship between free will and recent advances in neuroscience and social psychology in the latest episode of Philosophy TV. [More]

Ethics & Free Will

Azim Shariff and Kathleen Vohs recently had their article, “What Happens to a Society That Does Not Believe in Free Will”, published in Scientific American. This article considers the causal impact
Azim Shariff and Kathleen Vohs recently had their article, “What Happens to a Society That Does Not Believe in Free Will”, published in Scientific American. This article considers the causal impact [More]

Free Will and Redemption in HBO's True Detective

An analysis by La Donna Pietra of the themes of the HBO series True Detective leveraging some of the concepts in Dante's work.
An analysis by La Donna Pietra of the themes of the HBO series True Detective leveraging some of the concepts in Dante's work. [More]

Opinionated Philosophy

I’ve been thinking about the metaphilosophical issue of the value of opinionated philosophy and the value of (maybe highly) opinionated philosophers. Maybe philosophers with strong Socratic
I’ve been thinking about the metaphilosophical issue of the value of opinionated philosophy and the value of (maybe highly) opinionated philosophers. Maybe philosophers with strong Socratic [More]

The Free-Will Intuitions Scale and the Question of Natural Compatibilism

Hot on the heels of Nadelhoffer and colleagues' recent Free Will Inventory (FWI), I'd like to announce publication of the Free-Will Intuitions Scale (FWIS), which my colleagues Taylor Davis and
Hot on the heels of Nadelhoffer and colleagues' recent Free Will Inventory (FWI), I'd like to announce publication of the Free-Will Intuitions Scale (FWIS), which my colleagues Taylor Davis and [More]

Mixed Thinking about Free Will & Responsibility

There is a well-known "mystery" surrounding free will (to use van Inwagen's term): acting freely seems to require both the truth and falsity of determinism. Now that's a serious problem! Here's a
There is a well-known "mystery" surrounding free will (to use van Inwagen's term): acting freely seems to require both the truth and falsity of determinism. Now that's a serious problem! Here's a [More]