Eddy Nahmias is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy and the Neuroscience Institute at Georgia State University. He received his PhD from Duke University and his BA from Emory University.
He specializes in philosophy of mind and cognitive science, moral psychology, and experimental philosophy. His research focuses on human agency, free will, and moral responsibility: what are they, how are they possible, and how can they be understood in ways that accord with scientific accounts of human nature. Nahmias has published two dozen chapters and articles in these areas for journals such as Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and Philosophical Studies and volumes such as The Oxford Handbook on Free Will, as well as shorter pieces for The New York Times, 3:AM Magazine, and The Philosophers’ Magazine.
He is co-editor of Moral Psychology: Historical and Contemporary Readings (Wiley-Blackwell), and is working on a book, Rediscovering Free Will, which develops a naturalistic theory of free will and considers scientific challenges to, and explanations of, free will. Nahmias has received grants from the Templeton Foundation’s Wisdom Project and Big Questions in Free Will Project.
How we think about free will affects how we live our lives and structure our societies. In Part II of our following the multi-year ‘Big Questions in Free Will’ project,...
Big Questions in Free Will II?
Who’s the boss, me or my brain? Brain data does not favor free will. In the famous Libet experiment, my brain makes decisions prior to my conscious sense of making that...
Does Brain Science Eliminate Free Will?
Free will seems obvious, simple, common; but it’s subtle, profound, maddening. Free will probes the deep nature of human existence. But big questions have big problems....
Big Questions in Free Will
Some philosophers and scientists claim that because every event is determined by prior events, including every event in our brains, free will cannot be real. What are the...
Is Free Will an Illusion?