Course for Fall 2018: Philosophy 4620/6620: Topics in Philosophy of Mind; Specific issue: Free will and moral responsibility

                 4620-6620 syllabus Nov. 1

Course description: What must agents be like in order to be morally responsible for their actions? It’s generally agreed that they must be able to exercise some type of control in action, and this ability has traditionally been conceived as a kind of freedom of the will. But what sort of free will is required for moral responsibility in the specific sense at issue in the historical debate? Might we really have this kind of free will given our nature and the way the world is? If we lack this kind of free will, what would the consequences be? In this seminar, we will examine several recent systematic responses to these questions.


At Cornell University, I’ve taught these undergraduate courses:

Modern Philosophy
Philosophy of Mind
Religion and Reason
Free Will and Criminal Punishment (co-taught, sponsored by the Cornell Law School)

    and these graduate seminars:

Free Will and Moral Responsibility
Philosophy of Mind
Free Will and Moral Responsibility in Ancient Philosophy (co-taught with Rachana Kamtekar)