Philosopher gets $4m to figure out free will

More details here. Alfred Mele, the philosopher in question, has a very solid reputation, and has published interesting and important theories about agents and actions. I’m sure anything he comes up with will be worth studying. But it is funny to read how his university has tried to spin this news — they are working like mad to get him to say he’ll solve the free will problem, and he keeps cautioning that he doesn’t expect to do quite that.

The givers of the award, the Templeton foundation, have very deep pockets, but as we’ve discussed before, not everyone thinks it’s right to accept their money.

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2 thoughts on “Philosopher gets $4m to figure out free will

  1. Kleiner

    Let’s hope he finally settles it. Otherwise the money might have been better spent paying for 1,500 philosophy courses (assuming adjunct pay) for students wanting to take a philosophy class (say around 75,000 students).

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