Spring 2020

Freedom and Responsibility

Listed in: Philosophy, as PHIL-341

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

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Lauren J. Leydon-Hardy (Section 01)


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. Spring semester. Assistant Professor Leydon-Hardy. 

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


Attention to Writing


2019-20: Offered in Spring 2020
Other years: Offered in Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2018