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Do you have free will?

29 October 2013 (17:00-18:15)

The Faculty of Arts and Education is pleased to invite you to a talk delivered by Professor Stephen Mumford, Executive Dean of Faculty of Arts, University of Nottingham UK.

About the talk

Free Will is one of the biggest philosophical problems of all. We have physical bodies, and all physical things are governed by the laws of nature, so how is there room for us to make our own decisions about where we go and what we do? Traditionally, determinism has been regarded as the biggest threat to free will but I argue that indeterminism can be just as big a threat unless we understand the correct place of humans in the world. Some key assumptions behind the free will problem will be set out. Only by challenging them can we hope to find a solution and gain back our freedom from the theories that take it away.

Speaker biography

Stephen Mumford is Professor of Metaphysics in the Department of Philosophy and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Nottingham UK. He is the author of Dispositions (Oxford, 1998), Russell on Metaphysics (Routledge, 2003), Laws in Nature (Routledge, 2004), David Armstrong (Acumen, 2007), Watching Sport: Aesthetics, Ethics and Emotion (Routledge, 2011), Getting Causes from Powers (Oxford, 2011 with Rani Lill Anjum), Metaphysics: a Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2012) and Causation: a Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2013 with Rani Lill Anjum). He was editor of George Molnar's posthumous Powers: a Study in Metaphysics (Oxford, 2003) and Metaphysics and Science (Oxford, 2013 with Matthew Tugby). His PhD was from the University of Leeds in 1994 and he has been at Nottingham since 1995 having served as Head of the Department of Philosophy and Head of the School of Humanities.