A Sense of Free Will - The Phenomenology of Free Will and its Epistemological Significance

June 16, 2013 - June 19, 2013
University of Fribourg, Switzerland



  • Big Questions in Free Will, Florida State University
  • Templeton Foundation


Emmanuel Baierlé
University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Tim Bayne
University of Manchester
Stefano Cossara
University of Paris Sorbonne
Oisin Deery
University of British Columbia
Jean-Baptiste Guillon
Université de Nantes
Terry Horgan
University of Arizona
Cyrille Michon
Université de Nantes
Eddy Nahmias
Georgia State University
Martine Nida-Rümelin
University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Timothy O
Indiana University
Timothy O`Connor
Indiana University
Derk Pereboom
Cornell University
Richard Swinburne
Oxford University
Sven Walter
Universität Osnabrück


Université de Fribourg
Jean-Baptiste Guillon
Université de Nantes
Cyrille Michon
Université de Nantes
Martine Nida-Rümelin
University of Fribourg, Switzerland

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Intuitions about free will are linked and in part based on the way it is like for an agent to act - on our common agentive phenomenology. This observation naturally leads to the question about the content of our experience when we experience ourselves as acting freely. Is the content of the experience of acting freely compatible with determinism? Do we have an experience of an open future such that we can choose one out of several alternatives? Do we experience ourselves as agent-causes? Various philosophical and empirical methods have been used to address these issues and the related epistemological questions: Are we justified in believing that these experiences are veridical or do we have reason to think that the relevant experiences are mere illusions? In what way does our experience ground a substantial view of ourselves?
The aim of the workshop is to discuss these questions about the content of agentive phenomenology and related epistemological issues and to examine the way in which they bear on the question of moral responsibility.

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June 16, 2013, 6:00pm CET

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