The Science and Philosophy of Free Will

November 22, 2011

Are advances in the scientific understanding of the human mind shaping our conception of free will? If so, how? Are the cognitive sciences revealing that free will does not exist, or are they merely shedding light on the inner workings of agency? And do the answers to these questions have implications for moral responsibility?

On Nov. 6, 2011, the Center for Inquiry in New York City explored these and related questions by presenting a panel discussion featuring:

* Hakwan Lau, Columbia University.
* Alfred Mele, Florida State University.
* Jesse Prinz, City University of New York.
* Adina Roskies, Dartmouth College.
* Massimo Pigliucci, City University of New York (moderator).

Full video of this event is now available on CFI's YouTube page.

Click here to watch.

This event was the second in our "Science and Philosophy" series. The first event focused on consciousness.

Note: apologies for the couple spots where the sound is subpar. The venue had some audio problems.