Tennessee Value and Agency 2013 Conference


Libertarian Free Will: Problems and Prospects

The University of Tennessee, November 15-17, 2013

Sponsored by: UT Office of Research // Haines-Morris Endowment Fund // UT Philosophy Department // UT Humanities Center

Keynote Speakers

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Robert Kane                                                   Michael McKenna

University Distinguished Teaching Professor                                    Keith Lehrer Chair of Philosophy

University of Texas at Austin                                                             University of Arizona


If libertarianism about free will and moral responsibility is true, then people sometimes act freely and accountably without being causally determined to do so.  Frequently maligned within the history of philosophy, this view has gained increasingly sympathetic attention among philosophers.  But many stark questions remain, including:

▪ How plausible is this view?

▪ If our actions are not causally determined, how can we have control over them?

▪ Why should we want our actions to be breaks in the deterministic causal chain?

The second annual Tennessee Value and Agency (TVA) conference will feature papers that engage these and similar issues relevant to the assessment of libertarian approaches to freedom and responsibility.


About the Tennessee Value and Agency Conference

The Tennessee Value and Agency conference is an annual event aimed at encouraging philosophical conversation about topics pursued by established research clusters at the University of Tennessee Department of Philosophy.  The 2012 TVA inaugural conference focused on moral philosophy in the broad tradition of Rawls and Kant (http://web.utk.edu/~acureto1/tva/tennessee-value-and-agency-2012-conference/).


Friday, November 15, 2013

1.45-2: Welcome (1210 McClung Tower)

2-2.50:  Garrett Pendergraft (Pepperdine University), “Against the Incompatibilist Requirement”

3-3.50: Justin Capes (East Tennessee State University), “Incompatibilism and the Transfer of Non-Responsibility”

4-4.50: Mirja Perez de Calleja (Florida State University), “Cross-World Luck at the Time of Decision Is a Problem for Compatibilists as Well”

5-6.30: Keynote #1 — Michael McKenna (Keith Lehrer Chair of Philosophy, University of Arizona)

6.30-7: Reception (1210 McClung Tower)

7-9: Dinner/Reception (Bridgeview Grill — faculty only)

Saturday, November 16, 2013

9-10: Breakfast (1210 McClung Tower)

10-10.50: Manuel Vargas (University of San Francisco), “Libertarianism’s Sociology: Problems and Prospects”

11-11.50: Chris Franklin (Marymount University), “Libertarianism, Fundamentality, and the Will”

12-12.50: Leigh Vicens (Augustana College), “Indeterminism and Non-reductionism in Libertarian Theories of Freedom”

1-2: Lunch (1210 McClung Tower)

2-2.50: Randolph Clarke (Florida State University), “Powers, Causes, and Free Will”

3-3.50: John Lemos (Coe College), “Self-Forming Acts and the Grounds of Responsibility”

4-4.50:  Brendan Murday (Ithaca College), “Can Self-Forming Actions Ground Ultimate Responsibility?”

5-6.30: Keynote #2 — Robert Kane (University Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Texas at Austin)

6.30-7: Reception (1210 McClung Tower)

7-9: Dinner (The Crown & Goose — by invitation)

Sunday, November 17, 2013

9-10: Breakfast (1210 McClung Tower)

10-10.50: Audrey Anton (Western Kentucky University), “Agent Causation, Randomness, and Acting for Reasons”

11-11.50: Philip Swenson (University of California-Riverside), “Omissions and the Frankfurt Cases: A Challenge”



The conference will take place in room 1210 of McClung Tower, which is located at 1201 Volunteer Blvd.  It is about 1.5 miles from the Crowne Plaza, which is located at 401 West Summit Hill Dr.

Hotel Information

The conference will take place at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville on November 15-17, 2013.

A limited number of hotel rooms have been reserved at the Knoxville Crowne Plaza (http://www.crowneknox.com/).

Other area hotels are within easy walking distance of UT, including the Downtown Knoxville Holiday Inn and the Knoxville Hilton.


Registration for the conference is free.  Simply email EJ Coffman (ecoffma1@utk.edu) to reserve a spot.


EJ Coffman
Associate Professor of Philosophy
801 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996


Department of Philosophy
University of Tennesse
801 McClung Towern
Knoxville, TN 37996-0480
Phone: (865) 974-3255
Fax: (865) 974-3509
Website: http://web.utk.edu/~philosop/