Duke Philosophy hosts Colloquium with Georgia State University Professor and Chair of Philosophy, Eddy Nahmias, on Friday, October 29, 2021 at 3:30pm in the West Duke Building, room 202.
What Robots can Teach us about Free Will: Whether and Why Consciousness Matters for Free Will
Many philosophers and scientists, and most ordinary people, think that consciousness is essential for free will. Few tell us why, and when they do, it’s often mysterious or unclear what kind of consciousness matters or why. I will explore these questions by considering what might convince us that robots have free will, before presenting a plausible account of why consciousness matters for free will.