Causality and Free Will
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 30 January 2011, Question 5
I answered a question on causality and free will on Philosophy in Action Radio on 30 January 2011. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
How are causality and free will compatible? If my mind is an effect of my brain, and my brain is a complex physical system which operates in a deterministic way, doesn't that mean that my thoughts and actions are ultimately determined, too? What is wrong with the popular notions of causality and free will that make them appear incompatible?
My Answer, In Brief: Objectivism rejects the clearly deterministic premises underlying this question. If understood properly, causality and free will need not conflict.
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I'm Dr. Diana Hsieh. I'm a philosopher specializing the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life. I received my Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. My dissertation defended moral responsibility and moral judgment against the doubts raised by Thomas Nagel's "problem of moral luck."
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