Title

Spinoza Meets Nirvana: Smells Like Free Will

Date

5-28-2015 1:00 PM

End Time

28-5-2015 1:30 PM

Location

Bellamy Hall (HSS) 336

Department

Philosophy

Session Chair

Mark Perlman

Session Title

Presentation of Philosophy Senior Theses

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Mark Perlman

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Baruch Spinoza argued against free will with his idea that all actions are causally linked in an infinite chain going back forever. But because of various examples of an uncaused and blissful state; namely the Buddhist notion of Nirvana, do in fact exist, I will take the position that free will can exist in Spinoza’s system.

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May 28th, 1:00 PM May 28th, 1:30 PM

Spinoza Meets Nirvana: Smells Like Free Will

Bellamy Hall (HSS) 336

Baruch Spinoza argued against free will with his idea that all actions are causally linked in an infinite chain going back forever. But because of various examples of an uncaused and blissful state; namely the Buddhist notion of Nirvana, do in fact exist, I will take the position that free will can exist in Spinoza’s system.