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Midwest Philosophy Colloquium

Free Will And Moral Responsibility

September 23, 2002, 7:00 p.m., First Lutheran Church, Morris
Michael Zimmerman (The University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC)
“Taking Luck Seriously”

Professor Zimmerman will argue that the view that luck cannot affect the responsibility that we bear implies that two claims, prominent in discussions on free will, are false: there can be no responsibility if we lack freedom to do otherwise, and there can be no responsibility if our choices and actions are determined by facts of the past and the natural laws.

October 21, 2002, 7:00 p.m., Federated Church, Morris
Michael McKenna (Ithaca College, NY)
“Free Will, Agency Meaning and the Conditions of Morally Responsible Agency”

Professor McKenna will develop an "expressive" account of free will and responsible agency according to which attitudes such as praise, blame, resentment, and indignation are incipient forms of communication.

April 7, 2003, 7:00 p.m., Newman Center, Morris
Marina Oshana (Bowling Green State University, OH)
“Autonomy and Free Will”

Appealing to cases of addiction, wanton behavior, and weakness of will, Professor Oshana will argue that a person can act with the sort of freedom required for moral responsibility even if that person is not an autonomous agent.

Each speaker will also present an additional paper, on the day of that speaker's evening presentation, at 2:30 p.m., Prairie Lounge, UMM campus. The evening lectures are made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Humanities Commission in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Minnesota State Legislature, the U.S West Foundation, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Dean, University of Minnesota-Morris.