30-31 Aug 2017 Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium)

Free Will, Language, and Neuroscience


This colloquium is being organised as part of a five-year research project entitled “Free Will and Causality,” and we intend to publish the best papers of the colloquium in a collection to come out in 2018. The project has as its aim the resolution of questions about the causal efficacy of the human will in light of neuroscientific knowledge about the determinants and mechanisms of action. We suggest that free will cannot be understood using a purely reductionist approach and that the combinatorial possibilities offered by language and linguaform structures play a significant role in offering alternatives leading to free decisions.

Attendance is free and open to all, but registration is essential for planning reasons.


Invited speakers:

Alfred Mele (Florida State University)

Eddy Nahmias (Georgia State University)

Peter Ulrich Tse (Dartmouth College)


Organising Committee:

Bernard Feltz (Université catholique de Louvain)

Dominique Lambert (Université de Namur; Royal Academy of Belgium)

Marcus Missal (Université catholique de Louvain)


Supported by

Fonds national de la recherche scientifique (F.R.S.-FNRS)

Action de recherche concertée (ARC) "Causality and Free Will"

Centre de philosophie des sciences et sociétés (CEFISES), Institut supérieur de philosophie (ISP), Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain)


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