July 14, 2024

Led by Chauncey E. Wilson; Lay Minister: TBD


Join us as we delve into the complex and provocative topic of free will, a concept central to philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience. We will begin by defining free will and then explore the nuanced perspectives that have fueled debates for two thousand years. We will consider whether humans possess free will by drawing on the influential works of contemporary philosophers like Daniel Dennett and Robert Sapolsky. This summer service will examine different philosophical approaches to free will, such as libertarianism, compatibilism, and determinism. Additionally, we will consider the implications of these approaches for moral responsibility and social justice. We will leave time for questions and discussion. A list of readings on the free-will debate will be available about two weeks before the service.