23 episodes

Do any of us really have free will? What does it mean to have free will, anyway? Is free will compatible with determinism? Hasn’t science disproved free will? How could we have free will if God exists and foreknows everything that we will ever do? The Free Will Show provides a beginner-friendly introduction to the topic of free will while at the same time exposing listeners to cutting-edge developments on the topic. Hosted by a couple of philosophers, Taylor Cyr and Matt Flummer, The Free Will Show features interviews with guests on a diverse array of issues relating to free will, including issues in science and theology. thefreewillshow.com

The Free Will Show Taylor Cyr and Matt Flummer

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Do any of us really have free will? What does it mean to have free will, anyway? Is free will compatible with determinism? Hasn’t science disproved free will? How could we have free will if God exists and foreknows everything that we will ever do? The Free Will Show provides a beginner-friendly introduction to the topic of free will while at the same time exposing listeners to cutting-edge developments on the topic. Hosted by a couple of philosophers, Taylor Cyr and Matt Flummer, The Free Will Show features interviews with guests on a diverse array of issues relating to free will, including issues in science and theology. thefreewillshow.com

    Episode 20: Season 2 Q&A

    Episode 20: Season 2 Q&A

    Cohosts Taylor Cyr and Matt Flummer answer listener questions about the issues and ideas brought up in Season 2 of The Free Will Show.


    Asimov, Bicentennial Man
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0182789/

    Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Measure of a Man
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0708807/

    Kevin Timpe, Free Will: Sourcehood and its Alternatives
    https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/free-will-9780826496256/


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    • 58 min
    Episode 19: Mysterianism with Seth Shabo

    Episode 19: Mysterianism with Seth Shabo

    In this episode, we talk with Seth Shabo about mysterianism, the view that we have free will, but it is a mystery how it is that we have it. While not a mysterian himself, Seth explains the attractions of the view and addresses some common objections, and we end by asking Seth about his own views on free will and moral responsibility.

    Seth's website: https://philpapers.org/s/Seth%20Shabo

    Seth's paper, "Why Free Will Remains a Mystery": https://philpapers.org/rec/SHAWFW

    If you have a question you’d like us to answer in our Q&A episode, get in touch with us at thefreewillshow@gmail.com, via the show’s website: thefreewillshow.com, or through social media:
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    • 35 min
    Episode 18: Revisionism with Manuel Vargas

    Episode 18: Revisionism with Manuel Vargas

    In this episode, we discuss revisionism, a family of views according to which our ordinary conception of free will needs to be revised.

    Manuel's website: http://vargasphilosophy.com/

    Manuel's book, Building Better Beings: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/building-better-beings-9780199697540?cc=ca&lang=en&

    P. F. Strawson’s classic paper, “Freedom and Resentment”: https://philpapers.org/rec/STRFAR-4

    If you have a question you’d like us to answer in our Q&A episode, get in touch with us at thefreewillshow@gmail.com, via the show’s website: thefreewillshow.com, or through social media:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefreewillshow
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thefreewillshow/?hl=en
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    • 33 min
    Episode 17: Compatibilism, Part 3 (Semicompatibilism) with Michael McKenna

    Episode 17: Compatibilism, Part 3 (Semicompatibilism) with Michael McKenna

    In this episode, we talk with Michael McKenna about semicompatibilism (or, perhaps better, source compatibilism). We discuss two versions of the view: “mesh” theories (including Harry Frankfurt’s hierarchical model) and reasons-responsiveness theories.

    Michael's website: https://msmckenna.com/

    Michael's book, Conversation and Responsibility: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/conversation-and-responsibility-9780199740031?cc=us&lang=en&

    Harry Frankfurt’s paper, “Freedom of the Will and the Concept of a Person”: https://www.jstor.org/stable/2024717?seq=1

    If you have a question you’d like us to answer in our Q&A episode, get in touch with us at thefreewillshow@gmail.com, via the show’s website: thefreewillshow.com, or through social media:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefreewillshow
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    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Free-Will-Show-105535031200408/

    • 51 min
    Episode 16: Compatibilism, Part 2 (Dispositional Compatibilism) with Kadri Vihvelin

    Episode 16: Compatibilism, Part 2 (Dispositional Compatibilism) with Kadri Vihvelin

    In this episode, we interview Kadri Vihvelin about a recent development of the classical compatibilist position—a development that has come to be known as "dispositional compatibilism." Along the way we discuss time travel, abilities, dispositions, and much more.

    Kadri's website: http://vihvelin.com/

    Kadri's book, Causes, Laws, and Free Will: Why Determinism Doesn't Matter: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/causes-laws-and-free-will-9780199795185?cc=ca&lang=en&

    Kadri's recent time travel paper, "Killing Time Again": https://academic.oup.com/monist/article-abstract/103/3/312/5859025

    If you have a question you’d like us to answer in our Q&A episode, get in touch with us at thefreewillshow@gmail.com, via the show’s website: thefreewillshow.com, or through social media:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefreewillshow
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    • 40 min
    Episode 15: Compatibilism, Part 1 (Classical Compatibilism) with Helen Beebee

    Episode 15: Compatibilism, Part 1 (Classical Compatibilism) with Helen Beebee

    In this episode, we ask Helen Beebee about a range of compatibilist positions, beginning with the “classical compatibilism” of Hobbes/Hume and then turning to the conditional analysis of ability,  David Lewis’s “local miracle compatibilism,” and, finally,  “Humean compatibilism.”

    Helen's website: https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/Helen.Beebee.html

    Helen’s book, Free Will: An Introduction: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9780230232921

    Helen’s paper, “Local Miracle Compatibilism”: https://www.jstor.org/stable/3506084?seq=1

    Helen’s paper with Al Mele, “Humean Compatibilism”: https://www.jstor.org/stable/3093706?seq=1


    If you have a question you’d like us to answer in our Q&A episode, get in touch with us at thefreewillshow@gmail.com, via the show’s website: thefreewillshow.com, or through social media:


    Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefreewillshow


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    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Free-Will-Show-105535031200408/

    • 46 min

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