The Science and Philosophy of Free Will

Sunday, November 6th 2011 at 3:00 pm
Sunday, November 6th 2011 at 5:00 pm
NYIT Auditorium on Broadway 1871 Broadway (at 62nd St.)

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-New York City will sponsor a panel discussion featuring scientists and philosophers who will discuss their views on these and related questions. Speakers include:

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

The panelists will participate in a roundtable conversation, then answer questions from the audience. The event will be followed by a reception with the speakers. 

Admission is $10 for the general public. Tickets will be available at the door, but we urge you to click here and reserve your seat now.

Admission for paid CFI members is free. Please email to reserve your seat. 

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