Posts Tagged free will

Futurama’s Bender and Free Will (and compatibilism, Sartre, and jail)

I recently fell in love with ‘Futurama’, the sci-fi action cartoon that merges black, surreal comedy with toilet humor. Being set in the future allows vast technological improvements to be assumed, and with it the anthropomorphizing of everyday objects, making Furturama the heir to the Flintstones, though the apple falls far from the tree in […]

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Inception (and the experience machine, utilitarianism, and existentialism)

SelfAwarePattern’s post from the other day on the problem of solipsism got me thinking about (my favorite solipsistic movie – no apologies to fans of the Matrix) Inception, and its tension with a thought experiment meant to undermine hedonistic utilitarianism posited by Robert Nozick. The Experience Machine Nozick asks us to consider whether we would […]

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Agent-Causal Free Will

In perusing WordPress over the past few days I have found that the majority of philosophical entries touch on the issue of free will in some way, such that I have decided that today I will add to this dialogue. My interest in free will is for the most part centered on making room for […]

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Louie (and Kierkegaard’s concept of anxiety)

I recently found my way back to the absurdist yet dry comedy series that is Louie and an episode I viewed today caused me to revisit Soren Kierkegaard’s theory on anxiety. In the episode Louie goes on a date with an eccentric woman named Liz, during which they wander the streets of NYC, going to […]

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