Philosophy 109

Fall 2003

Number Title Instructor Days/time Room
109 Freedom and Responsibility Wallace TBA TBA

A systematic examination of freedom and responsibility. The following topics will be addressed (among others): the relations between freedom of will, freedom of action, and autonomy; moral responsibility and its conditions; naturalism, determinism, and their relevance for human freedom; practical deliberation and the structure of the will; weakness and strength of will. Readings may be drawn from both historical and contemporary sources. The goal of the course is to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to historical and contemporary philosophical debates about the issues of freedom and responsibility. Texts: G. Watson, ed., Free Will (Oxford, 2003): 0-19-925494-X Anselm, Three Philosophical Dialogues (Hackett, 2002): 0872206114 V. Chappell, ed., Hobbes and Bramhall on Liberty and Necessity (Cambridge, 1999): 0521596688