Theology & Philosophy

Free Will, Moral Responsibility, and Causality


Conferees discussed the basic questions: What is free will, What is moral responsibility, and Are they the same thing? Understanding these questions is essential to understanding how free and responsible individuals are to be considered.


Conference Readings

Alexander of Aphrodisias. On Fate. Translated by R. W. Sharples. London: Duckworth, 1983.

Aquinas, Thomas. Summa Theologica. Translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province. New York: Benziger Brothers, Inc., 1947.

Aristotle. Nicomachean Ethics. Translated by Martin Ostwald. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 1999.

Aristotle. The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle (5th Edition). Translated by F. H. Peters. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Truebner & Co., 1893.

Dennett, Daniel. Elbow Room: The Varieties of Free Will Worth Wanting. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1984.

Dennett, Daniel C. From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds. New York: Norton Publishing Company, 2017.

Harris, Sam. Free Will. New York City: Free Press, 2012.

Kenny, Anthony, “Cognitive Scientism” In Wittgenstein and Analytic Philosophy: Essays for P. M. S. Hacker, edited by Hans-Johann Glock and John Hyman, 250-262. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Stump, Eleonore. Aquinas. New York: Routledge, 2003.