Philosophy Club

The Student Philosophical Society



Next Meeting

Thursday April 3 from 6-7:30 PM in MAK B1-112!


What Can Cognitive Science Tell Us About Free Will (Or Moral Responsibility)?

Description: Thursday, we will watch a lecture given by Daniel Dennett wherein he discusses the impact of cognitive science on our understanding of freedom and responsibility. In the lecture, Dennett also, interestingly, suggests that perhaps we abandon the term 'free will' (which is a prima facie shocking considering Dennett's view) and instead focus on the thing we all really care about, moral responsibility. After watching, we can talk about it.

There isn't any required reading. But if you'd like to familiarize yourself with the 'free will debate', you could take a look at the SEP entries on

Free Will:



Also, below is a link to the lecture (btw, Dennett begins at about 21:00 and ends at about 1:20:00):

All are welcome and encouraged to attend!


The Philosophy Club's regular meetings for winter 2014 will be

Thursdays from 6-7:30 PM in MAK B1-112!

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The Philosophical Society of Grand Valley State University is a student organization that meets weekly to discuss philosophy and issues related to philosophy. The meetings are informal and everyone is welcome to attend Philosophical Society meetings. 
No special background in philosophy is required and it’s OK to just come for part of a meeting if that’s all that your schedule allows.

During the Winter 2013 semester the Philosophical Society will be holding its regular meetings on Thursdays beginning at 5:30pm in Mackinac Hall B1-124 on the Allendale Campus. When there is a reading for a meeting it will be available in the Philosophy Main Office: Mackinac Hall B3-105. When we have a guest speaker meetings will be held on Fridays. More information TBA.

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