Beyond Free Will: Variety in Understanding of Choice, Luck, and Necessity June 20-23, 2022 Vilnius University, Lithuania
Call for papers
Contemporary Western discourse on freedom and choice – some of the most championed modern
values – is usually anchored in the concept cluster of free will and autonomous choice. In turn,
academic research on free will in philosophy (including experimental philosophy) and psychology is
largely based on a limited conceptual framework with roots in particular debates in Christianity and
European philosophy. This framework is currently challenged by multidisciplinary and
interdisciplinary approaches applied in the fields of area and Asian studies, comparative philosophy,
and also empirical research in cross-cultural psychology, and anthropology.
In the present multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary conference, we invite scholars from philosophy,
psychology, anthropology, Asian studies, religious studies and other related fields to discuss theoretical alternatives to the dominant framework that are sensitive to cultural differences and local contexts as well as empirical research - especially cross-cultural and cross-linguistic – on conceptualisations of free and constrained action and cultural practices in dealing with these constraints.
For more information, see the flyer.
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