UCLA Philosopher to Present Lecture on Free Will, Moral Responsibility

Pamela Hieronymi

Dr. Pamela Hieronymi, professor of philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles, will speak at The University of Alabama on Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in 205 Smith Hall.

Dr. Pamela Hieronymi, professor of philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles, will deliver the final lecture of the 2013-2014 Philosophy Today lecture series. The lecture, “The Problem of Free Will and Moral Responsibility,” will be Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in 205 Smith Hall on The University of Alabama campus.

The event is free and open to the public.

Hieronymi will discuss the different ways people come to worry about whether they are free and responsible and the possibility of their worries being calmed. She will explore the intuitive worry about freedom that results from responsibility for actions.

Hieronymi received a bachelor’s in philosophy from Princeton University and a doctorate in philosophy from Harvard University. She has been a faculty member at UCLA since 2000, where her research focuses on ethics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of action, the discussion of moral responsibility, and free will.

She has presented lectures at universities across the country including the University of Michigan, the University of California at Berkley, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, New York University, Columbia University, and Yale University.

Her many awards include a Carrier Prize from Harvard University’s department of philosophy, a summer stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities, an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Junior Faculty, and a Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars from the American Council of Learned Societies.

Lectures in the Philosophy Today series are geared toward a general audience and are of interest to those in any profession or academic discipline. The series is sponsored by UA’s College of Arts and Sciences Department of Philosophy, a grant from Louis W. Perry, and other alumni and friends of the department.