PPIG: Philosophy, Psychology, and Informatics Group

Speaker: Matt Soteriou (King's College London)

Title: Determining the future

Abstract: My aim in this talk is to trace out connections between the notion that we occupy a tensed temporal perspective from which we regard the future as open, and the notion that we occupy a deliberative standpoint from which we act under the idea of freedom. A further aim is to suggest that identifying connections between the psychology of self-determination and our temporal psychology should be central to an account of the sort of mental agency we exercise in deciding to act. After having considered ways in which aspects of the psychology of our temporal perspective may contribute to explaining our capacity to exercise agency in deciding to act, I shall consider how our capacity to make decisions can contribute to explaining some of the distinctive features of the temporal perspective on the future that we occupy. In particular, I’ll consider and respond to, the suggestion that when it comes to our perspective on our future, there is a potential tension between the standpoint of theoretical reason and the standpoint of practical reason.

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Dr Alistair Isaac

Nov 20 2019 -

PPIG: Philosophy, Psychology, and Informatics Group

2019-11-20: Determining the future

Room 1.20, Dugald Stewart Building, 3 Charles Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AD