Official opening of NMBU CAPS - Centre for Applied Philosophy of Science
Tuesday 8 May 2018, 14:30-16:00
Tower building, 4th floor, room T401
from 14:30 Drink and cake reception
15:15 Opening lecture by Stephen Mumford
Stephen Mumford: Can science dispose of free will?
Psychologists and neuroscientists have presented free will as an illusion. So even though we might experience our choices as free and deliberate, they are in fact not. Should we accept that science has taken over this debate, or does philosophy still have a say?
Stephen Mumford is Professor of Metaphysics at the University of Durham and Professor II at NMBU. He is the author of several books, including Dispositions (Oxford, 1998), Russell on Metaphysics (Routledge, 2003), Laws in Nature (Routledge, 2004), Watching Sport: Aesthetics, Ethics and Emotion (Routledge, 2011), Getting Causes from Powers (Oxford, 2011 with Rani Lill Anjum), and the philosophical novel, Glimpse of Light (Bloomsbury). He now works on a book to be called Nothing Really Matters.