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CANCELLED Thinking About Free Will

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Every day we seem to make and act upon all kinds of choices: some trivial, others so consequential that they change the course of one’s life, or even the course of history. But are these choices really free, or are we compelled to act the way we do by factors beyond our control? Is the feeling that we could have made different decisions just an illusion? And if our choices are not free, is it legitimate to hold people morally responsible for their actions? Thomas Pink looks at the fundamental philosophical question of free will, critically examining the following claim: if our actions are causally determined by events beyond our control that means that we can never act freely, and so can never be held responsible for our actions. Our text is Free Will: A Very Short Introduction by Thomas Pink (Oxford, 2004). This study group will examine difficult concepts from philosophy, physics, brain science, and morality. Not for those bashful about some tough reading. We will also view some short videos from “Closer to the Truth” about free will and related topics. Note: this is a virtual study group conducted online using Zoom software. It is limited to 15 participants. Basic Zoom training is recommended for those who have not taken an OLLI study group using Zoom, and this will be conducted online before the study group starts. All participants should be comfortable using the audio and video capabilities of their personal computers before signing up for this group.

Class Details

4 Sessions
Weekly - Fri

Virtual - Any Location

Philip Zawa 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
1/17/2020 - 2/7/2020 Weekly - Fri 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM N/A, Virtual - Any Location  Map Philip Zawa  ClassRoom