Următoarea conferință din cadrul seminarului de cercetare al Departamentului de Filosofie Teoretică în parteneriat cu CELFIS va fi susținută de drd. Bogdan Dumitrescu (Universitatea din București). Mai multe detalii despre vorbitor sunt accesibile aici: https://unibuc.academia.edu/DumitrescuBogdan

Titlul prezentării sale este ‘Free Will and the Metaphysics of Time: Is there a Future for Freedom?’. Iată și rezumatul:

‘Traditionally, the problem of free will is viewed as a conflict between the concept of freedom and the concept of determinism. However, a less popular way of re-framing the problem, that’s been proposed by Carl Hoefer (2002), is through the idea that our concept of freedom could be actually in tension with our metaphysics of time, not with determinism. We generally think that the past is fixed and settled, that the present is a constantly changing instant of time and that the future is unfixed, unsettled and open to possibilities.

Philosophers that define freedom as the ability to do otherwise often claim that a requirement for free will is that there be open possibilities available to the agent to choose from at the moment of deliberation. Often such authors appeal to the metaphysical picture of a Forking Road in order to show that free will requires the existence of alternate possibilities. Such a libertarian conception of free will, I argue, assumes that the future is ontologically open. For an agent to have the ability to do otherwise than how in fact they did, it’s necessary that the future be open to possibilities. Thus, arguably, any metaphysical conception of time that assumes a non-open, fixed and existent future is in tension with this conception of freedom. What may be compatible with freedom, then, is a theory of time that assumes an open future.

In this talk, my aim is to briefly survey the most popular metaphysical theories within the analytic philosophy of time (A-theories and B-theories) and argue that an A-theoretic branching theory of spacetime such as the one developed by Storrs McCall (1994) is compatible or consistent with freedom understood as the ability to do otherwise’

Conferința se va desfășura ȋn limba engleză luni, 17 ianuarie, orele 20-22. Detaliile de conectare via Zoom vor fi distribuite tuturor celor ce își indică dorința de participare scriind la adresa andrei.marasoiu@filosofie.unibuc.ro

Mai multe detalii sunt disponibile prin anunțul de pe pagina Facebook a seminarului: https://www.facebook.com/Seminarul-Departamentului-de-Filosofie-Teoretica-UniBuc-285279685738329 sau pe PhilEvents: https://philevents.org/event/show/93365