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PHIL 5545 Freedom or Determinism? (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

The advent of modern science intensified the long philosophical debates as to whether there is any such thing as human freedom. First the rise of Newtonian science strengthened the view that all actions, including every human action, is completely determined beforehand. Then Darwinian evolution added the idea of genetic determinism. Most recently neuroscientists have argued that human decisions are pre-programmed by neural structures. During this period important philosophers have resisted these attacks on human freedom. This course will study these debates, and challenge students to arrive at their own well thought-out answers to this question.


Instructor(s): Patrick Byrne

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Feb-17