School of Politics, Philosophy, & Public Affairs

Frank Fraser Potter Memorial Lecture

The 52nd Potter Memorial Lecture


Alfred Mele

Alfred Mele

Free Will and Neuroscience:
What Do Old-School and New-Wave Studies Show?

7:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Compton Union Building (CUB) Auditorium

Alfred Mele is the William H. and Lucyle T. Werckmeister Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University. He attended Wayne State University and received his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Michigan.

Professor Mele's research focuses on such topics as free will, action theory, rationality, and self-deception. His current research explores whether the results of neuroscience experiments give us reason for denying that human beings have free will. Watch the Potter Lecture
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Professor Mele is the author of 10 books including Why Science Hasn't Disproven Free Will (Oxford University Press, forthcoming), An Dialogue on Free Will and Science (Oxford University Press, 2014), and Springs of Action (Oxford University Press, 1992). He has also edited 6 books and written approximately 400 journal articles, encyclopedia entries, and book reviews.

Professor Mele was the Director of the Big Questions in Free Will Project (2010-2013), supported by a $4.4 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

A list of Mele’s publications, with links to electronic versions of many of them, can be found here.

The Potter Talk

The Power of Situations, People, and Education

Noon • Friday, January 24, 2014
Bryan Hall 308

Co-sponsored by the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy &
Public Service

The annual Frank Fraser Potter Memorial Lecture is sponsored by the WSU School of Politics, Philosophy, & Public Affairs.



These past Potter Lectures have been archived online.

View Sayre-McCord's lecture using Windows Media Player

Geoffrey Sayre-McCord
"Evolution and Rational Agency"
Oct. 27, 2011

View Dennett's lecture using Windows Media Player

View Dennett's lecture using Real Player

Daniel C. Dennett
"From Animal to Person: How Cultural Evolution Builds Human Minds"
Sept. 11, 2008

View Chomsky's lecture using Windows Media Player

View Chomsky's lecture using Real Player

Noam Chomsky
"Imminent Crises: Responsibilities and Opportunities"
Apr. 22, 2005



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