Schedule
 

Day - Month

General Lecture Topics

Readings from Kane's A Contemporary Intr.

Readings from Watson's

Free Will  Anthology

Extras

Exams

Critical Reflection

Papers

19-May

Introduction to the course

Chapter 1

Introduction by Watson - pp. 1 - 8 only

 

 Aristotle - "Book III - Nicomachean Ethics"

n/a

 

20-May

Determinism - Part 1

 

Chapter 7 (pp. 67 - 71)

 

 

 Stoics - Various Sources

n/a

 

21-May

Classical Compatibilism

 

 

 

 

Chapter 2

 

 

Hume - "A Treatise on Human Nature" and "An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding" (up to part 2--pp. 80)  

n/a

 

22-May

The Consequence Argument and Frankfurt Examples

 

Chapters 3 and 8

"Alternate Possibilities and Moral Responsibility" - Frankfurt; pp. 167 - 176

 

"Libertarianism and Frankfurt's Attack on the Principle of Alternative Possibilities" - Widerker; pp. 177 - 190 (at least thru section 1)

 

And if you're feeling your analytic philosophy oats, read:

 

"An Argument for Incompatibilism" - Van Inwagen (as much as you can); pp. 38 - 57

 

"Are We Free to Break the Laws" - Lewis; pp. 122 - 129

 

Exam #1 Handed Out

 Critical Thinking Paper - 1 due

26-May

MEMORIAL DAY

MEMORIAL DAY

MEMORIAL DAY

MEMORIAL DAY

MEMORIAL DAY

MEMORIAL DAY

27-May

New Compatibilists - Heirarchical Motivation Theories

Chapter 9

"Freedom of the Will and the Concept of a Person" - Frankfurt; pp. 322 - 336

 

"Sanity and the Metaphysics of Responsibility" - Wolf; pp. 372 - 387

 

Helpful Reading:

 

Introduction by Watson - pp. 14 - 19

 

Exam #1 Due

 

28-May

New Compatibilists - Reactive Attitudes

Chapter 10

"Addiction as a Defect of the Will: Some Philosophical Reflections" - Wallace; pp. 425 - 454

 

"Freedom and Resentment" - Strawson; pp. 72 - 94

 

 

 

 

 

29-May

The Argument from Ultimate Responsibility

 

Determinism - Part 2

 

Chapters 7 (pp. 71 - 74) and 11

"The Impossibility of Moral Responsibility" - G. Strawson; pp. 212 - 228

 

Exam #2 Handed Out

 Critical Thinking Paper - 2

due

 

2- June

 

Introduction to Indeterminism

 

Extra - Factor Strategies

 

Chapter 3 and 4

 

"Human Freedom and the Self" - Chisolm; pp. 26 - 37

 

"Freedom of Will and Freedom of Action" - Albritton; pp. 408 - 423 (humorously written)

 

Helpful Reading:

 

Introduction by Watson - pp. 9 - 13 and pp. 20 - 25

 

Lucretious - "On the Nature of Things"

 

 

Exam #2 Due

 

3-June

Simple Indeterminism

 

O'Conner

 

Causal Indeterminism

Chapter 5

"Toward a Credible Agent-Causal Account of Free Will" - Clarke; pp. 285 - 298

 

"Agent Causation" - O'Conner; pp. 257 - 284

 

 

 

4-June

Kane's Approach: Free Will and Modern Science

 

Sartre and Dostoevsky on Free Will

Chapter 12

Explained also in:

 

"Responsibility, Luck, and Chance: Reflections on Free Will and Indeterminism" - Kane; pp. 299 - 321

 

These must be read for the lecture:

 

"Existentialism" - Satre

 

Dostoevsky

 

 

5-June

Determinism - Part 3

 

Eternal Recurrence: Nietzsche

 

Chpts. 6 & 11

n/a

These must be read for the lecture:

 

Nietzsche - Various Sources

 

 

Exam #3 Handed Out

 Critical Thinking Paper - 3 due

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9-June

Introduction to the Divine Foreknowledge Problem

 

Eternalist Solutions: Boethius and Aquinas

 

 

Chapter 12 (pp. 147 - 157)

n/a

"Divine Foreknowledge, Evil, and the Free Choice of the Will" - St. Augustine

 

"On the Free Choice of the Will" - Aquinas

 

This is required reading for the lecture:

 

"Fate, Karma, and Predestination" - from Solomon

 

 

10-June

Ockhamist Solution

 

Molinist Solution

 

Open Theism View

 

Chapter 12 (pp. 157 - 162)

n/a

 

"God, Time, Knowledge, and Freedom: The Historical Matrix" - Hasker

 

 

 

 

11-June

Meaning of Life - Susan Wolf, and assessing the other positions

 

n/a

n/a

This is required reading for the lecture:

 

"The Meanings of Lives" - Susan Wolf

Exam #3 Due

 

12-June

Types of Freedoms

Chpt. 14

n/a

TBA

 

Critical Thinking Paper - 4 due