Agency, Causality, and Free Will

Institute of Philosophy, Zagreb, 25th–28th January, 2016

(Conference venue: Institute of Philosophy, Ul. grada Vukovara 54, 5th floor)




Monday, January 25th

Morning Session

9:00–9:15 Opening speech

9:15–10:45 Timothy O’Connor (University of Indiana), Reasons and Causes

10:45–11:00 Coffee break

11:00–11:40 Mateusz Jarmuzewski (KU Leuven), Free Will: a Matter of Just Before or Long Before

11:40–12:20 Filip Čeč (University of Rijeka), Event Causal Libertarianism vs. the Disappearing Agent Objection

12:20–13:00 Brendan de Kenessey (MIT), Demistifying Uncaused Causes


13:00–15:30 Lunch break


Afternoon Session

15:30–16:10 John Lemos (Coe College), Kane, Balaguer, Libertarianism, and Luck

16:10–16:50 Brandon Byrd (Bowling Green State University), A Manipulation Argument Against Corporate Moral Agency

16:50–17:00 Coffee break

17:00–17:40 Ljudevit Hanžek (University of Split), Wide Content, Causation and Explanation

17:40–18:20 Marta Szabat (Jagiellonian University, Krakow), Death – Between Determinism and Freedom



Tuesday, January 26th

Morning Session

9:00–10:30 Saul Smilansky (University of Haifa), Free Will, Time and Illusion

10:30–10:45 Coffee break

10:45–11:25 Nikos Erinakis (University of Oxford), Authenticity as Creativity

11:25–12:05 Brian Garvey (Lancaster University), The Situationist Challenge to Free Will

12:05–12:45 Adam J. Graves (Metropolitan State University of Denver), Narration and the Normative Theory of Freedom

12:45–13:25 George Stamets (Florida State University), Free Choice, Control, and Acting for a Reason


13:25–16:00 Lunch break


Afternoon Session

16:00–16:40 David Shoemaker (Tulane University), Empathic Control

16:40–17:20 Zsolt Ziegler (Budapest University of Technology and Economics), A Theory of Relational Responsibility

17:20–17:30 Coffee break

17:30–18:10 Ryan N. Lake (Clemson University), Assessing the Necessity of Consciousness for Moral Responsibility

18:10–18:50 Timothy Houk (University of California, Davis), If Responsibility is Compatible with Determinism, then it’s Compatible with Indeterminism



Wednesday, January 27th

Morning Session

9:00–9:40 Lise Marie Andersen and Melanie Rosen (Aarhus University / Macquarie University), Free Will and Mental Causation – the Neuroscience and the Metaphysics

9:40–10:20 Lieke Asma (VU Amsterdam), Free Will and Unconscious Precursors of Intentions

10:20–11:00 Hasse Hämäläinen (Jagiellonian University in Kraków), Enlightened Atheists and the Incoherence of Their Determinism

11:00–14:30 Lunch break


Afternoon Session

14:30–15:10 Filip Grgić (Institute of Philosophy, Zagreb), Aristotle on Co-responsibility for One’s Character

15:10–15:50 Mai Abdel Kader (The American University in Cairo), Al-Ghazali’s Necessary Causality

15:50–16:00 Coffee break

16:00–16:40 Zoran Gjivo Mimica (Zagreb/Vienna), Hobbes and Bramhall on Will and Freedom

16:40–17:20 Arabinda Sahoo and Ranjan Kumar Panda (National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi / IIT Bombay), Freedom, Experience and Intentionality: A Note of Synthesis of Action



Thursday, January 28th

Morning Session

9:00–9:40 Ulrike Mürbe (University of Potsdam), Practical Knowledge and Free Agency – What Kind of Difference Do We Need?

9:40–10:20 Davor Pećnjak (Institute of Philosophy, Zagreb), Free Deliberation

10:20–11:00 Vasil Penchev (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), Action as the Common Measure of Randomness and Free Will

11:00–11:15 Coffee break

11:15–11:55 Anna Kocsis (Institute of Philosophy, Zagreb), The Predictive Mind and Agency

11:55–12:35 Philip Clapson (University of London), Brain-Sign Theory Changes the Subject

12:35–13:15 László Bernáth and János Tőzsér (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest), Replaying Agent-Causation

13:15–15:30 Lunch break


Afternoon Session

15:30–16:10 Luca Malatesti and Filip Čeč (University of Rijeka), Mental Time Travel and the Moral Responsibility of the Psychopath

16:10–16:50 Marko Jurjako (University of Rijeka), The (Dys)functionality of Psychopathy: Perspective from the Philosophy of Science

16:50–17:30 John Jung Park (Christopher Newport University), Quantum Mechanics, Psychology, and the Free Will Debate