Free will – reality or illusion?

The Lit & Phil Philosophy Forum

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This is a past event
Date and time
5 December 2023
7.00 pm
From £3 (non-members)


Are we free to make our own decisions or is everything in life pre-determined for us?

Can we exercise our free will to make choices or are our choices subconsciously limited by our genes, environment and culture?

The question of whether we have free will has challenged philosophers across the ages but recent developments in neuroscience have added additional aspects to the debate.

Each of us can choose how we answer this fundamental question … or can we?


Good to know: We take pride in putting the fun back into serious philosophy through our friendly and respectful discussions involving different levels of experience of philosophy.  The Lit & Phil Philosophy Forum is all about collectively exploring interesting and exciting ideas from different viewpoints … not winning arguments!

The focus paper Free will – reality or illusion should be read before the Forum to enrich and guide our discussions. You’ll get a lot more about of the discussions if you read the paper beforehand.

We are usually oversubscribed, so if you book but find out later that you cannot attend, please cancel your ticket to free up a place for someone else. Thank you.

john pickersgill

John Pickersgill

John is a fairly recent member of the Manchester Lit & Phil and has come to Philosophy only in the past few years. He is a retired Chartered Engineer who worked in the IT & Telecoms industry for over 35 years and enjoys cycling, chess and engaging in lively discussion.

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