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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

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 51: Flickers of Freedom with Bradford Stockdale

    Episode 51: Flickers of Freedom with Bradford Stockdale

    In this episode, we discuss a popular response to Frankfurt cases called the "flicker of freedom" strategy. Our guest is Bradford Stockdale.

    Brad's PhilPeople profile: https://philpeople.org/profiles/bradford-stockdale

    Brad's paper, "Moral Responsibility, Alternative Possibilities, and Acting on One's Own": https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10892-020-09353-z


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    • 34 min
    Episode 50: Double Compatibilism with Greg Welty

    Episode 50: Double Compatibilism with Greg Welty

    In this episode, we talk with Greg Welty about what compatibilists about freedom and determinism could contribute to the debate about freedom and foreknowledge.

    Greg's website: http://www.gregwelty.com/

    Greg's book, Why Is There Evil in the World (And So Much Of It)?: https://www.christianfocus.com/products/2741/why-is-there-evil-in

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    • 1 hr 30 min
    Episode 49: Open Theism, Part 2 with Patrick Todd

    Episode 49: Open Theism, Part 2 with Patrick Todd

    This is our second of two episodes on open theism. We talk with Patrick Todd about two versions of the view and why he prefers the open future open theist view.

    Patrick's website: http://www.patricktodd.co/

    Patrick's book, The Open Future: Why Future Contingents Are All False: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-open-future-9780192897916?cc=us&lang=en&

    Collection of essays co-edited and co-introduced by Patrick (with John Martin Fischer), Freedom, Fatalism, and Foreknowledge: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/freedom-fatalism-and-foreknowledge-9780199942411?q=patrick%20todd&lang=en&cc=us

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    • 48 min
    Episode 48: Open Theism, Part 1 with William Hasker

    Episode 48: Open Theism, Part 1 with William Hasker

    This is our first of two episodes on open theism, the view that we have free will and that it is incompatible with divine foreknowledge. In this episode, we talk with William Hasker about reasons to be an open theist and some potential challenges.

    Bill's website: https://www.huntington.edu/meet-the-faculty/william-hasker

    Influential book on open theism, to which Bill is a contributor, The Openness of God: https://www.ivpress.com/the-openness-of-god

    Bill's book, God, Time and Knowledge: https://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/9780801485459/god-time-and-knowledge/#bookTabs=1

    Bill's book, Providence, Evil and the Openness of God: https://www.routledge.com/Providence-Evil-and-the-Openness-of-God/Hasker/p/book/9780415651103

    Symposium on Bill's work: https://ojs.tnkul.pl/index.php/rf/issue/view/1215


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    • 53 min
    Episode 47: Sourcehood Libertarianism with David Hunt

    Episode 47: Sourcehood Libertarianism with David Hunt

    In this episode, we talk with David Hunt about the source-libertarian response to the problem of freedom and foreknowledge, according to which, although causal determinism would rule out moral responsibility, alternative possibilities are not required.

    David's website: https://www.whittier.edu/academics/philosophy/david-hunt

    David's paper, "On Augustine's Way Out": https://www.pdcnet.org/scholarpdf/show?id=faithphil_1999_0016_0001_0003_0026&pdfname=faithphil_1999_0016_0001_0003_0026.pdf&file_type=pdf

    David's coauthored entry (with Linda Zagzebski) in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, "Foreknowledge and Free Will": https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/free-will-foreknowledge/

    David's interviews on Closer to Truth: https://www.closertotruth.com/contributor/david-hunt/profile


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    • 45 min
    Episode 46: The Dependence Response, Part 2 with Philip Swenson

    Episode 46: The Dependence Response, Part 2 with Philip Swenson

    This episode is  the second in a two-part series on the dependence response to the problem of freedom and foreknowledge. In this episode, we talk with Philip Swenson about his version of the dependence response, whether Molinists can accept the response, and more.

    Philip's website: https://sites.google.com/site/philipjswenson/home

    Philip's paper, "Ability, Foreknowledge, and Explanatory Dependence": https://philpapers.org/archive/SWEAFA.pdf

    Another interview with Philip on his dilemma for Molinism:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HE0fxXY3hjE

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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

The Handsome Brother ,

Parker’s Pensées

This podcast is amazing! I love Taylor and Matt. They are first rate philosophers of free will in their own right as well as philosophy professors. They get amazing guests on and they ask so many of the questions that I want to ask them as well as the questions I’m too dumb to think of. I highly recommend this podcast!

Lucas Hondros ,

Brilliant Podcast

An amazing podcast with 2 brilliant scholars working in the field of free will.

apologeticsgeek ,

I freely chose to write this

I just discovered this podcast. For the last 10 years, I’ve been focused on the study of free will and have defended a libertarian understanding of it with Calvinists and atheists in debate. That there is a show with competent hosts, who choose relevant guests and engage the subject in a friendly manner is a a great benefit to this field.

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