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Philosophy Cafe Podcast. Free will: a necessary illusion?

Published: 10 May 2012
John Hansard Gallery

Subjectively we view ourselves as in control of most of our actions, and we think that other people are largely responsible for theirs. But objectively, we can see that what we do is caused by many events and circumstances stretching back into the past, which has suggested to some people that free will is an illusion. Which view should win out? Or is there no real conflict between them?

Professor Chris Janaway discussed these issues at the latest session of the Philosophy Cafe.

You can listen to a podcast of the talk in the right hand section of this page.

Philosophers at the University of Southampton give regular talks at the Philosophy Café, held at the John Hansard Gallery, as part of the Humanities Lifelong Learning programme. These highly successful free events provide food for thought in a relaxed atmosphere for like-minded individuals - no previous philosophical experience is necessary.

To find out more about forthcoming Philosophy Cafes please visit the Humanities Lifelong Learning website.


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