Philosophy Program

Program Events

Yearly Events

  • Faculty and Students
    There are a number of occasions during the year where Philosophy faculty meet with students, sometimes just to socialize, other times for such specific purposes as the following:
    • meeting with prospective majors to talk about Moderation;
    • meeting with Junior majors to discuss the senior project process;
    • meeting with majors to discuss the vicissitudes of applying to graduate school.
  • Senior Project Conference
    Each spring semester, the program holds a Senior Project conference at which seniors present their work in panels of three or four students, moderated byi Junior majors and followed by questions from the audience.
  • Philosophy Speaker Series
    The program hosts a Philosophy Speaker Series, with three or four philosophers each seminar invited to talk about their work.

Reducing Two-Way Powers

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Andrei Buckareff
Marist College
Some philosophers argue that if exercising intentional agency is understood in terms of settling truths, then the power required for the exercise of agency is an ontologically irreducible two-way power to either make it true that p or make it true that not-p. In this paper, I motivate rejecting two-way powers by, first, arguing that accepting irreducible two-way powers into one’s metaphysic of agency implies an ontological commitment to substance dualism. I then offer an ontologically less costly alternative to irreducible two-way powers. I argue that an ontologically reductive account of two-way powers should be accepted. The reductive account can provide us with the truth makers for talk about two-way powers.    
Time: 4:45 pm
Location: Olin, Room 102
Contact: Jay Elliott
Phone: 845-758-6822