Philosophy TV Managing Editors

David Killoren (Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry, Australian Catholic University)

Jonathan Lang (Wisconsin Institute for Sleep and Consciousness, University of Wisconsin-Madison)


Patrick Todd and Derk Pereboom

Patrick Todd and Derk Pereboom on philosophy of religion and free will.

In this conversation, Todd and Pereboom consider questions about the connection between religion and free will. Does theism imply any particular view of the free will problem? Do certain positions about free will require a theistic justification? Could traditional religion make do without the claim that human beings have free will? Why is it the case that, as a matter of sociological fact, libertarianism about free will is so popular among theists? In considering such questions, they discuss whether the problem of evil puts pressure on the theist to accept libertarianism (10:58); the connection between theological compatibilism and divine providence (23:52); the growing prominence of manipulation arguments in the free will literature (32:33); whether traditional religion can (and should) give up basic desert responsibility (42:42); the rise of open theism (52:09); and the relevance of theistic thought experiments to the (secular) free will debate (55:54).

Related works

by Pereboom:
“Plausible Permissivism”
“Free Will, Agency, and Meaning in Life” (2014)
“Theological Determinism and Divine Providence” (2011)

by Todd:
“Manipulation Arguments and the Freedom to Do Otherwise” (forthcoming)
“Prepunishment and Explanatory Dependence: A New Argument for Incompatibilism About Foreknowledge and Freedom” (2013)
“Manipulation and Moral Standing: An Argument for Incompatibilism” (2012)