The Dennes Room

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Mon Nov 28, 2011
Howison Library, 4:10–6 PM
Graduate Research Colloquium
Markus Kohl (University of California, Berkeley)
Kant on Freedom of Belief

Kant puts a lot of effort into developing a conception of freedom of choice that answers to our self-image as responsible agents. Commentators have tended to assume that Kant does not similarly conceive of our theoretical attitudes – what we would call beliefs, and what Kant calls ‘assents’ – as free and imputable. I argue that Kant has a robust, coherent and interesting conception of freedom of empirical belief, which respects the intuition that beliefs are not under our voluntary control and which bears both striking similarities and dissimilarities to his conception of freedom of choice.