What Is Free Will Free From? | Kenneth Dorter | TEDxGuelphU

07/04/2015 12:25:24

In this in-depth philosophical talk, Kenneth Dorter explains the importance of the classic free will vs. determinism debate. Citing a variety of philosophical sources , he brings forth a fresh and compelling argument for dealing with this debate.

Dr. Kenneth Dorter received his BA from Queens College of the City University of New York, and his MA on Descartes and PhD on Plato from Pennsylvania State University. Since 1966, he has been a member of the Philosophy Department at the University of Guelph, where he has taught courses primarily in the history of philosophy, both western and eastern, as well as courses on ethics, metaphysics, philosophy of art, and philosophy of music in the Music Department. He has published about 55 articles and chapters on these subjects, and three books on Plato. In the Summer of 2014 he completed a book on East-West comparative philosophy.

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ilikethisnamebetter

So Hume said you are responsible for your actions if they "follow from you character"? But how are "you" responsible for your character? Also, throughout most of history punishment has had little or nothing to do with the rehabilitationdeterrence of the individual being punished - which Dorter suggests is its principal purpose.

22/05/2016
Thomas Southern

Free from identifying with the character by taking responsibility for all you experience and be aware of being the character perceiving. Then you see the only choice was ever to resist for any other choice surrenders naturally back to being aware of it all again. But a non causal event has to point it out to you before your really want it, lol, kidda' a cosmic punchline if you ask me.

14/05/2016
Rhea303

No, no free will. 'Man can do what he wills but he cannot will what he wills'. - Arthur Schopenhauer -

30/04/2016
Open-minded Skeptic

Free Will - "The power of acting without the constraint of necessity or fate; the ability to act at one's own discretion."

12/04/2016
jiddu peter

We are not always free to reason. Otherwise everyone would be reasonable. So tell me again about compatibalism.

20/03/2016
Chandar van der Zande

Really bad talk, he is all over the place... "The more we think about something, the more we can do that what we really want"... Ok, but where do those thoughts come from if not from what came before, i.e. determined by the causes of the past? Determinism is it and free will a beautiful illusion.

26/01/2016
Francisco Muniz

sorry but determinism still makes more sense.

18/11/2015
Daniel A Collins

What is free will free from?
Everything.

14/09/2015
Anima Mundi

Arguably the greatest Philosopher and Professor of Philosophy at Guelph.

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