Program Details

What is Free Will?
Graciously underwritten by the Urdang Foundation 

Instructor
Samuel Director
WG2262

Course Description

Human beings, hopefully, have free will. However, what if the universe is causally determined by the laws of nature? Does this undermine or threaten our free will? For that matter, what even is free will? Philosophers have debated this extensively. In this lively, interactive discussion, we will review various theories of free will and ask whether human beings have it or not! Space is limited.

About the Instructor

  • Dr. Samuel Director studies biomedical ethics and political philosophy, especially issues related to consent. He completed his Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Colorado. He did a postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University's Center for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and is now an assistant professor of philosophy at FAU. Sam is a talented public speaker, having competed in speech and debate for over a decade (winning multiple collegiate national championships).