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This event is brought to you in association with Glasgow Skeptics. The Star Wars universe is one in which a mysterious 'Force' governs all and directs the destiny of individuals and civilizations alike. But what does the notion that a person has a destiny – a fixed future – tell us about how free that person’s actions really are, and how morally responsible for those actions they can legitimately be held to be? This talk will briefly examine this, and associated questions concerning the relationship between there being a fixed future, free will, and moral praise or blame, all against the backd...
The metaphysics of our mind
Dr John Donaldson teaches philosophy at the University of Glasgow. His main research interests are in the philosophy of mind, particularly the metaphysics of mind: the problem of mental causation, the mind-body problem, and the prospects for materialist accounts of mental phenomena. He also takes an interest in reductive versus non-reductive projects in science more generally, the development of the philosophy of mind in the twentieth century, intentionalism in the philosophy of art, and David Hume.