Tuesday, 27th September; 7 pm, Usher’s, West Nicolson St. (Map)
Topic: Free Will and Determinism
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Thursday, 29th September, 6.15 pm, David Hume Tower, Lecture Theatre B.
Speaker: Dr Patrick Todd, University of Edinburgh
Title: “Grounding and the Open Future: Grounding the Open Future”
Abstract: ‘Many people have had the suspicion that, given that the world is genuinely indeterministic, and given that the future does not exist, there does not now exist a total “story of the future”. Roughly, claims about undetermined aspects of the future simply are not (yet) true. In this talk, I consider how best to argue for this thesis. In my judgment, some such arguments move too quickly from the fact that something will not happen to the claim that it cannot happen. I claim that any such “move” has to be established through some intermediary steps — and I consider what those steps might be. In short, as I see it, the most promising motivation for the “open future” view involves the denial of a certain kind of metaphysical arbitrariness.’