Draft Paper & Podcast
Issue No. 1 | Volume CXIV | 2013 – 2014
Acting “Of One’s Own Free Will”: New Perspectives On An Ancient Philosophical Problem
Monday, 21 October 2013
17.30 – 19.15
The Woburn Suite
University of London
London WC13 7HU
Robert Kane (Ph. D. Yale University) is University Distinguished Teaching Professor of Philosophy Emeritus and Professor of Law at The University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of seven books and more that seventy articles on the philosophy of mind, free will and action, ethics and value theory and philosophy of religion, including Free Will and Values (1985), Through the Moral Maze (1994), The Significance of Free Will (Oxford, 1996), A Contemporary Introduction to Free Will (Oxford, 2005), Four Views of Free Will (co-authored with John Fischer, Derk Pereboom and Manuel Vargas, Blackwell, 2007) and Ethics and the Quest for Wisdom (Cambridge, 2010). He is editor of The Oxford Handbook of Free Will (2002, 2nd edition, 2011), among other anthologies, and a multiple contributor to the Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy. His lecture series, The Quest for Meaning: Values, Ethics and the Modern Experience, appears in The Great Courses on Tape Series of The Teaching Company (Chantilly, Virginia). His book, The Significance of Free Will, was the first annual winner of the Robert W. Hamilton Faculty Book Award. His article, “The Modal Ontological Argument” (Mind, 1984), was selected by The Philosopher’s Annual as one of ten best of 1984. The recipient of fifteen major teaching awards at the University of Texas, including the President’s Excellence Award for teaching in the University’s Honors Program, he was named in 1995 one of the inaugural members of the University’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers. He is known internationally for his defense of a libertarian or incompatibilist view of free will (one that is incomaptible with determinism) and for his attempt to reconcile such a view with modern science.
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