The Nature of Free Will

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Nature of Free Will

Summer 2019

Taught By: Luis Guzman

Section: A

CRN: 1878

Credits: 3

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 causally determined? These questions have been raised by philosophers for at least 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 and difficulty of ascribing moral responsibility to human action.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:30am 9/16/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 8:00pm - 9:50pm

Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave

Room: 417

Date Range: 6/4/2019 - 7/25/2019