SOPhiA 2022

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Programme - Talk

Understanding Voluntariness
(Political Philosophy, English)

Philosophers do not agree on the meaning of voluntariness. In this talk, I explore some possible ways of understanding voluntariness and present my own point of view about how the concept should be used. I ask why we want to know whether an action or decision is voluntarily made and look at some writer__s ideas about when this is the case. After rejecting Robert Nozick__s (1974) notion of voluntariness and delving into Serena Olsaretti__s (1998 & 2018), I conclude that it is most sensible to understand voluntariness as depending on one__s subjective assessment of the acceptability and availability of one__s options and on one__s ability to act in accordance with what one considers to be the best option.

Time: 16:50-17:20, 07 September 2022 (Wednesday)
Location: SR 1.007

Marlene Maislinger 
(Universität Salzburg, Austria)

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