In contemporary debates concerning the issue of free will, one prominent historical figure who is rarely discussed is Friedrich Nietzsche. This is understandable, since, on a casual reading, Nietzsche’s views on freedom of the will seem at best obscure and at worst incoherent. However, if one is willing to probe a little deeper, the presenter believes that Nietzsche has some original ideas which do, in fact, make a significant contribution to the free will debate. It is the presenters contention that Nietzsche does not hold either an incompatibilist view or a compatibilist view of free will; rather, what Nietzsche does bring to the table in the free will debate is a subjectivist theory of free will which licenses praising or blaming others in light of how their actions affect us and each other.
|Presenter:||William Liktor (Undergraduate Student)|
|Time:||1:15 pm (Session III)|