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Placement Practice Job Talk—Michael Szlachta
Tuesday December 8, 2020, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Michael Szlachta is a graduate from our PhD program and currently a visiting assistant professor at St. Francis Xavier University. Please join us for his practice job talk, which will begin at 3:00 PM sharp.
Godfrey of Fontaines and the Challenges of Extreme Intellectualism
Godfrey of Fontaines, a medieval compatibilist about freedom and determinism, faces a challenge. His compatibilism seems to have the consequence that no exterior act, like giving someone a gift or stealing a neighbour’s pears, is imputable to a human agent such that she can be praised or blamed for doing it. I explain how Godfrey responds to this challenge by arguing that a human being has power over the interior acts of apprehension and appetition, from which every exterior act proceeds. I also draw attention to the intentionality of interior acts to make sense of how the apprehensive and appetitive potencies of human beings are really the subjects of apprehension and appetition, respectively.SHARE