Julian Baggini on Brain and Free Will
🧠🔒 𝘿𝙤 𝙬𝙚 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙛𝙧𝙚𝙚 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡? 𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙢𝙥𝙤𝙧𝙖𝙧𝙮 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 (𝙒𝙚 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝘽𝙧𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙨) 𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙨 𝙪𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙛𝙧𝙚𝙚 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙞𝙨 𝙖𝙣 𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙪𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣. 𝘽𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙨𝙝 𝙥𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙤𝙨𝙤𝙥𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝘽𝙖𝙜𝙜𝙞𝙣𝙞 𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙣𝙜𝙚𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙥𝙤𝙨𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣, 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙫𝙞𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙣𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙖𝙙 𝙖 𝙣𝙚𝙬, 𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙥𝙤𝙨𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙤𝙛 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙨𝙚𝙣𝙨𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡 𝙛𝙧𝙚𝙚𝙙𝙤𝙢.
𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹
What role does our brain play in the construction of free will, and how much scientific evidence is there for its existence? What exactly are we talking about when we talk about ‘freedom’ anyway?
It is a question, of course, that has puzzled philosophers and theologians for centuries and feeds into numerous political, social, and personal concerns. Are we products of our culture, or free agents within it? How much responsibility should we take for our actions? Are our neural pathways fixed early on by a mixture of nature and nurture or is the possibility of comprehensive, intentional psychological change always open to us?
• 𝙅𝙪𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙖𝙣 𝘽𝙖𝙜𝙜𝙞𝙣𝙞 is a well-known writer, journalist, and philosopher. His latest book is 𝘏𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘞𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥 𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬𝘴 (also available in Dutch: Hoe de wereld denkt). He is co-founder of The Philosophers’ Magazine and has written for numerous international newspapers and magazines. In addition to writing on the subject of philosophy, he has also written books on atheism, secularism, and the nature of national identity. He will give his vision on ‘Brain and free will’.
• 𝙃𝙖𝙣𝙨 𝘿𝙤𝙤𝙧𝙚𝙢𝙖𝙡𝙚𝙣 is a philosopher of science and a philosopher of mind at Tilburg University. Dooremalen is one of the significant number of philosophers, psychologists, and neuroscientists who now either doubt or outright deny the existence of free will and/or moral responsibility. Dooremalen will give his view in response to Baggini.
*𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘺 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘴𝘵𝘶𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘛𝘪𝘭𝘣𝘶𝘳𝘨 𝘜𝘯𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘵𝘰𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘈𝘤𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘮𝘪𝘤 𝘍𝘰𝘳𝘶𝘮 𝘊𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘦.