Lezing Derk Pereboom (Cornell University),
Spinoza, Free Will, and the Legacy of the Radical Enlightenment.
5 april 2018 VU Amsterdam
Kamer HG-05A36, Hoofdgebouw VU, De Boelelaan 1105, Amsterdam.
Research Institute CLUE+, the Department of Philosophy, Study Association Icarus present: VU Philosophy Colloquium April 2018
15.35-16.20 Lezing Derk Pereboom
16.20 -17.00 Q&A
Daarna drankje bij Icarus.
'About the Lecture:
Spinoza, Free Will, and the Legacy of the Radical Enlightenment. Spinoza contends in his Ethics that we do not have "absolute or free will;" that is, we do not have the faculty of willing or not willing defended by Descartes, and we are always causally determined to act as we do. Spinoza also argues that "knowledge of this doctrine is to our advantage in life," both personal and social. Leading figures of the Radical Enlightenment subsequently endorsed this position. After setting out Spinoza's argument for skepticism about free will, this lecture will assess his claims for its value in human life in the context of the Radical Enlightenment's aspirations.
About the Speaker:
Derk Pereboom is the Susan Linn Sage Professor of Philosophy and Ethics at Cornell University. His research areas are free will and moral responsibility, philosophy of mind, Kant, and philosophy of religion, and he is the author of Living without Free Will (Cambridge 2001), Consciousness and the Prospects of Physicalism (Oxford 2011), and Free Will, Agency, and Meaning in Life (Oxford 2014).'