The Nature of Free Will
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NPHI 3545
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Philosophy
  • Ethics & Social Responsibility
What does it mean to believe we are free? How do we reconcile the concept of an omniscient god with the idea of individual freedom? Are our actions predetermined? These questions have been raised by philosophers for 2,500 years. Without an answer to them, our self-understanding as moral beings, responsible for our actions, is jeopardized. In this course, students consider different answers to these questions offered by thinkers from Plato to Nietzsche and beyond. Focusing on the problem of free will from both religious-ethical and scientific-materialist points of view, students learn the importance of ascribing moral responsibility to human action.
Course Open to: Degree Students