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Freedom and Responsibility

Listed in: Philosophy, as PHIL-341

Formerly listed as: PHIL-29  |  PHIL-30  |  PHIL-51  |  PHIL-62

Faculty

Nishiten Shah (Section 01)

Description

Are we free? Do we possess the freedom necessary for moral responsibility? What form of freedom is necessary for moral responsibility? Is this freedom compatible with causal determinism? To be morally responsible for an action, must its agent have been able to act otherwise? Must she have chosen her own character? What is it to be morally responsible for an action? These are the main questions we shall address in this course. To address them, we shall read works by Hume, Reid, Chisholm, Ayer, Strawson, Frankfurt, Nagel, and others.

Requisite: One course in PHIL. Limited to 25 students. Fall semester. Professor Shah.

If Overenrolled: Allow everyone to register. Preference to majors, then by class and to those who attend first class.

Keywords

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Offerings

2018-19: Offered in Fall 2018
Other years: Offered in Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2016