Philosophical theories of agency and responsibility have focused primarily on actions and activities. But, besides acting, we often omit to do or refrain from doing certain things. Omitting or refraining, like acting, can have consequences, good and bad. And we can be praiseworthy or blameworthy for omitting or refraining. However, omitting and refraining are not simply special cases of action; they require their own distinctive treatment.
Philosophers defend theories of what well-being is but ignore what psychologists have learned about it, while psychologists learn about well-being but lack a theory of what it is. In The Good Life, Michael Bishop brings together these complementary investigations and proposes a powerful, new theory for understanding well-being.
December 4th-6th, 2015
Augustus B. Turnbull III Conference Center
555 W. Pensacola St.
See the conference website for more details.
Congratulations to FSU graduate student Mirja Perez de Calleja for winning the 2014 Philosophical Explorations Essay Prize for her paper "Cross-world luck at the time of decision is a problem for compatibilists as well". Further details are available here.
We are proud to announce that Florida State University has been selected by the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities to host the 2015 National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference (NUBC), scheduled for April 10th- 12th 2015.
The Department of Philosophy at Florida State University will host its fourth annual Free Will, Moral Responsibility, and Agency Conference from September 18-19, 2015. The conference will feature keynote talks from Derk Pereboom (Cornell) and Angela Smith (Washington and Lee). For more details, see the conference website: http://fsuphilconference.wordpress.com/.
Does free will exist? The question has fueled heated debates spanning from philosophy to psychology and religion. The answer has major implications, and the stakes are high. To put it in the simple terms that have come to dominate these debates, if we are free to make our own decisions, we are accountable for what we do, and if we aren't free, we're off the hook.