Event Date: 21 October 2013
University of London
London WC1E 7HU
The Aristotelian Society presents:
Professor Robert Kane (University of Texas at Austin) – Of One’s Free Will: New Perspectives On An Ancient Philosophical Problem
Robert Kane is University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, where he has been teaching since 1970. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts and received his MA and PhD in philosophy from Yale University (1964), doing his PhD dissertation on the topic of intentionality and mind under the direction of Wilfrid Sellars and Rulon Wells. Prior to that he studied at the University of Vienna and Holy Cross College (AB, 1960). Before coming to Texas, he taught briefly at Fordham University, at Haverford College (on a part-time Sloan Foundation grant) and as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania. His published works include The Significance of Free Will (Oxford, 1996, paperback edition, 1998), winner the first annual Robert W. Hamilton Faculty Book Award, Through the Moral Maze (1994, paperback edition M. E. Sharpe Publishers, North Castle Books, 1996) and Free Will and Values (1985). He is the editor of The Oxford Handbook of Free Will (Oxford, 2002), a collection of essays on recent work on free will by leading figures in the field; Free Will (Blackwell, 2002) and A Contemporary Introduction to Free Will (Oxford Fundamentals of Philosophy Series, 2005). He is currently working on a book on ethics tentatively entitled Ethics and the Search for Wisdom: Ethical Reflections After Modernity. His published articles include “The Modal Ontological Argument” (Mind, 1984), selected by the Philosopher’s Annual as one of the ten best of 1984, and most recently, “Dimensions of Value and the Aims of Social Inquiry” (American Behavior Scientist, 1998), “Responsibility, Luck and Chance: Reflections on Free Will and Indeterminism (Journal of Philosophy, 1999), “New Directions on Free Will” (Proceedings of the XXth World Congress of Philosophy, 1999) and “The Dual Regress of Free Will and the Role of Alternative Possibilities” (Philosophical Perspectives 14, 2000). Inaddition to published writings he has recorded a series of lectures on video and audio tape entitled “The Quest for Meaning: Values, Ethics, and the Modern Experience,” produced by The Teaching Company, Springfield, Virginia, and has contributed to the video and audio series, “Great Minds of the Western Tradition” by the same company. In 1995, Professor Kane was elected an inaugural member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at the University of Texas at Austin.