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16 Nov 2021 @ 18:30 - 20:30 AEDT
Can We Be Free-Willing Robots? On the Possibility of Free Will in a Deterministic World
The view that human beings do not exercise free will appears for many to be a consequence of a modern, scientific view of the universe and humankind’s place in it. It is a view that is popular among humanists, atheists and other freethinkers. In this address, Leslie Allan endeavours to show how this myth is based on some fundamental errors of reasoning and an insufficient attention to how ‘free will’ language is used by ordinary folk. He garners ordinary usage and modern medical and legal practice to develop his ‘4C theory’ of the requirements for acting freely in a world exclusively governed by physical, chemical and biological forces.
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