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Free Will as Moral Competence



Do recent discoveries of neuroscience prove that we have no free will?  Some neuroscientists claim that free will is an illusion.  But according to Dennett, this claim rests on a mistaken understanding of free will and moral practices.

Internationally celebrated philosopher and cognitive scientist Daniel Dennett is best known for his trenchant views that consciousness and free will are just physical processes of the brain.  An influential proponent of Darwinian ideas about evolution, Dennett has recently argued that religion should be understood in terms of evolutionary biology and cognitive science.  He is the author of numerous books, including The Mind's Eye, Consciousness Explained, Darwin's Dangerous Idea, Kinds of Minds, Freedom Evolves, and Breaking the Spell.

Thursday, 12 April 2012 | 6.30pm to 7.30pm 

Public Lecture Theatre
Ground Floor, Old Arts Building
The University of Melbourne

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Contact Margaret Sullivan in the Faculty of Arts at or (03) 8344 5142.

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