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]

Moral Psychology (Vol. 4): Free Will and Moral Responsibility

MIT Press has just released the latest volume in Walter Sinnott-Armstrong's Moral Psychology series (see here). The focus of this volume is free will and moral responsibility. The chapters are based
MIT Press has just released the latest volume in Walter Sinnott-Armstrong's Moral Psychology series (see here). The focus of this volume is free will and moral responsibility. The chapters are based [More]

The Free Will Inventory

As some of you may remember, I have been working with Jason Shepard, Eddy Nahmias, Chandra Sripada, and Lisa Ross for the past few years to develop a new psychometric tool for measuring beliefs
As some of you may remember, I have been working with Jason Shepard, Eddy Nahmias, Chandra Sripada, and Lisa Ross for the past few years to develop a new psychometric tool for measuring beliefs [More]

Running & Freedom

This past Saturday, I was doing my short pre-race day run and, for no apparent reason, my left leg began to hurt badly. I made my way home, estimating the odds of a recovery by Sunday morning. When
This past Saturday, I was doing my short pre-race day run and, for no apparent reason, my left leg began to hurt badly. I made my way home, estimating the odds of a recovery by Sunday morning. When [More]

Willfully Free from Free Will

This is the fundamental conceptual mistake at play in the collective global consciousness; the mind, whatever it is, does not control the body – it is a shadow of its activity, an afterglow if you will. This is a critical conclusion to draw, because it collapses free will from within by removing the concept of agency altogether. If there is no mental causal power due to the causal closure of the physical, we can never be the conscious authors of our thoughts, and therefore we can never be free. [More]

The Daily Owl 10-9-2013

"We do not regard our actions and our characters merely as fortunate or unfortunate episodes--thought they may also be that. We cannot simply take an external evaluative view of ourselves--of what we most essentially are and what we do. Those acts remain ours and we remain ourselves, despite the persuasiveness of the reasons that seem to argue us out of existence. (Nagel)
"We do not regard our actions and our characters merely as fortunate or unfortunate episodes--thought they may also be that. We cannot simply take an external evaluative view of ourselves--of what we most essentially are and what we do. Those acts remain ours and we remain ourselves, despite the persuasiveness of the reasons that seem to argue us out of existence. (Nagel) [More]

The Daily Owl 9-21-2013

The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half. (Dostoevsky)
The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half. (Dostoevsky) [More]