Prof. David Widerker

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Petach-Tiqwah, 494773

Israel / Tel:  +972-3/921-3276 (H);   +972-50/811-3206 (Cell)

 

EDUCATION

B.A. in Philosophy and Mathematics at Bar-Ilan University 1970.

M.A. in Philosophy at Bar-Ilan University 1975.  M.A. Thesis: On Identity

Ph.D in Philosophy at Bar-Ilan University, Summa Cum Laude, 1982

Ph.D. Thesis: The Logic of Events and Actions: A Modified Davidsonian Approach.

 

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

Free Will, Action Theory, Metaphysics

AREAS OF COMPETENCE

Philosophy of Language, Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophical Logic, Philosophy of Religion

 

HISTORY OF ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS:

1984-89   Lecturer in Philosophy at the Bar-Ilan University

1989-94     Senior Lecturer at Bar-Ilan University (tenure as of 1990)

1995-2001 Associate Professor at Bar-Ilan University

2002 -        Full Professor

 

VISITING APPOINTMENTS

1985-86 Post Doctoral Fellow at Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell University

1986-87  Research Associate at the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the Umiversity of Notre Dame

1993-4  Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Toronto

1998-99 Visiting Research Scholar at the University of British Columbia

 

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

1974 Bar-Ilan Award for the Outstanding Masters Student

1976 Landau Award for Doctoral Students

1986 Post Doctoral Fellowship at the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame

1993 Research Fellowship at University of Toronto

1998 Research Fellowship at University of British Columbia

2010 Research fellowship at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain , and directing Philosophy Discussion

         Group on Free Will there.

2010  Research on Free Will at the Free Univ. of Amsterdam financed by the Dutch Science Foundation

          (NWO).

2011  Research on Free Will at the Free Univ. of Amsterdam financed by the Dutch Science Foundation

          (NWO).

2012  Research on Free Will at the Free Univ. of Amsterdam financed by the Dutch Science Foundation

          (NWO).

2011  Four-Year Research Program on Libertarian Free Will funded by Israeli Science Foundation

2013  Research on Free Will at the Free Univ. of Amsterdam by the Templeton Foundation.

2013  Research Fellowship at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain

2014  Research on Free Will at the Free Univ. of Amsterdam financed by the Templeton Foundation.

 

PROFFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

1992 Organized two Guest Lectures on the topic of Divine Knowledge

1995 Organized two Guest Lectures on the topic of Human Freedom

1998 Organized two Guest Lectures on the topic of God, Freedom,and Evil

1993-94 Directed a Philosophy Discussion Group at the University of Toronto

1998-99 Directed a Philosophy Discussion Group on Free Will at the University of British Columbia

2001-02 Directed a Directed a Philosophy Discussion Group on Free Will whose members are philosophers

              from various Israeli  universities.

2004-05 Directed a Philosophy Discussion Group on Free Will at the University of British Columbia

2009      Organized a Philosophy Workshop centering on the philosophical work of Peter van Inwagen.

2010      Directed a three months a Discussion Group on the topic of Free Will at the Berlin School of Mind

              and Brain.

 

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Lior Lavi        Ph.D  2007 - The Coherence of the Libertarian Approach to Free Will

       Ayala Yaniv   Ph.D  2008 -  Identity or Identification: A Defense of a Radical Psychological Theory of Survival

Boz Kelman   Ph.D -  Theistic Responses to the Evidential Argument from Evil

 

REFEREE

Referee for American Philosophical Quarterly, Australasian Journal for Philosophy, Erkenntnis,

Ethics, Faith and Philosophy, Grazer Philosophische Studien, Iyun, Mind, Philosophia,

Philosophical Imprint, Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, Synthese.

 

COURSES AND SEMINARS TAUGHT

Philosophy of Religion, Action Theory, Free Will and Moral Responsibility,

Metaphysics, Logic, Philosophical Logic, Selected Topics in Philosphy of Mind,

Selected Topics in Philosophy of Language.

 

TALKS AND INVITED LECTURES

1988  "Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom" Risley College Cornell University

1990  "Problem for the Eternity Solution" at the conference of the Israeli Philosophical Association

  1. "Providence, Eternity and Human Freedom: A Reply to Stump and  Kretzmann " at the colloquium of

           the philosophy department of Tel-Aviv University

1994  "The Eternity Solution to the Freeedom-Foreknowledge Dilemma" Colloquium talk at the University

          of Toronto

  1. "Frankfurt’s Argument Against PAP" talk delivered for a research group in philosophy at the University

          of British Columbia

  1. "Responsibility and Avoidability" delivered at the annual meeting of the Israeli Philosophical           Association

2001  "Agent-Causation and Control" delivered for a research group in philosophy at Bar-Ilan University

  1. "Farewell to the Direct Argument" delivered at the annual meeting of the Israeli Philosophical

          Association

  1. "God’s Beliefs are not Hard-Type Soft Facts" Conference on "God, Free Will, & Determinism,"

         McMurry University, Abilene, Texas.

  1. "Blameworthiness, Non-Robust Alternatives, and the Principle of Alternative Expectations," talk

          delivered at Western Washington University, Bellingham WA

  1. "Blameworthiness, Non-robust Alternatives, and the Principle of Alternative Expectations," INPC

          Conference on Free Will and Determinism, Moscow, Idaho.

  1. "Comments on John Fischer's article "The Direct Argument: You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello," OPC2 Online Conference in Philosophy .

 2008 "A Defense of  Frankfurt-Friendly Libertarianism," Workshop on Belief, Responsibility and Action,

           November 12-14, Valencia.

2009  "Frankfurt-type Libertarianism" Workshop on Free Will and Responsibility, October14, University

           of Nantes, to be delivered.

2010   "Frankfurt-type Libertarianism" at the School of Mind and Brain in Berlin.

2013    Invitation to an APA Symposium on Compatibilism whose focus was my paper [together with Ira

            Schnall] "The Direct Argument and the Burden of Proof" published in Analysis in 2012.

Publications

1. "A Note on Sharvy," Philosophia 3 (1973), pp.498-499.

2. "Epistemic Opacity Again," Philosophical Studies 32 (1977), pp.355-358.

3. "Identity, Indiscernibility and Geach," Logique et Analyse 94 (1981), pp. 211-221.

4. "The Extensionality Argument," Nous 27 (1983), pp. 457-468.

5. "Davidson on Singular Causal Sentences," Erkenntnis 23 (1985),  pp.223-242.

6. "On an Argument for Incompatibilism," Analysis 55 (1987)  pp.37-41.

7. "Facts, Freedom and Foreknowledge," [together with Eddy M. Zemach] Religious Studies (1987), pp.19-

    28.

8.  "Action Sentences," Erkenntnis 28 (1988), pp. 269-291.

9.  "Fatalism," Logique et Analyse  (1987) pp. 229-234.

10. "Bechirato Hachofshit Shel Haadam Mul Iyediat Hakol Shel Hael," in Hebrew Iyyun 37 (1988),  pp.25-36.

11. "Two Forms of Fatalism," in John M. Fischer (ed.)  God, Freedom and Knowledge.  Stanford University

       Press 1989.

12. "Two Fallacious Objections to Adams' Soft/hard Fact Distinction,"  Philosophical Studies 57 (1989),

       pp.103-107.

13. "In Defense of Davidson's Thesis Regarding Action Individuation," Dialectica 43 (1990), pp.281-289.

14. "Troubles with Ockhamism," The Journal of Philosophy 87 (1990),  pp.462-480.

15. "A Problem for the Eternity Solution," International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 29 (1991), pp.87-95.

16. "Frankfurt on 'Ought Implies Can' and Alternate Possibilities," Analysis 51 (1991) pp. 222-224.

       Anthologized in Jacek Holowka (ed.) Filozofia Moralnosci. Fundacja Aletheia 1998.Translated into

       Polish.)

17. "Anomalous Monism and Cartesian Intuitions," Grazer Philosophiesche Studien, 43 (1992), pp.95-100.

18.  Review of B. Berofsky's Freedom from Necessity: The Metaphysical Basis of Responsibility. New

       York and London: Routledge and Kegan Paul [together with Charlotte Katzoff] The Journal of

       Philosophy 90 (1993), pp.98-105.

19. "Providence, Eternity and Human Freedom: A Reply to Stump and Kretzmann," Faith and Philosophy 11

      (1994), pp.242-254.

20. "Zimmerman on Obligation, Responsibility, and Alternate Possibilities," [together with Charlotte Katzoff]

       Analysis 53 (1994), pp. 284-287.

21. "Libertarian Freedom and the Avoidability of Decisions," Faith and Philosophy 12 (1995), pp.112-118.

22. "Frankfurt's Attack on the Principle of Alternate Possibilities," Philosophical Review 104 (1995),

       pp.247-261. Anthologized in Laura Ekstrom (ed.) Agency and Responsibility: 

       Essays on The  Metaphysics of Freedom, Westview Press 2000;  and in Gary Watson(ed.)

       Free Will. Oxford  University Press 2002.

23. "Contra Snapshot Ockhamism," International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 39 (1996), pp.95-102.

24. "Avoidability and Libertarianism," [together with Charlotte Katzoff] Faith and Philosophy

      13 (1996), pp.415-421.

25. "Theological Fatalism and Its Irrelevance to Frankfurt's Attack on the Principle of Alternative

       Possibilities," Faith and Philosophy 17 (2000), pp.259-254.

26. "Frankfurt's Attack on the Principle of Alternative Possibilities:  A Further Look,"

       Philosophical Topics 14 (2000), pp.181-201.

27. "Responsibility and Frankfurt-type Examples," in Robert Kane (ed.) The Oxford Handbook on Free Will,

       Oxford University Press 2002, pp.323-34.

28. "Why God's Beliefs are not Hard-Type Soft Facts," Religious Studies  38 (2002), pp.77-88

29. "Farewell to the Direct Argument," Journal of Philosophy. 99 (2002),  pp.316-324.

30. "Blameworthiness and Alternative Possibilities," in David Widerker and Michael McKenna eds. Moral

        Responsibility and Alternative Possibilities, Ashgate Press 2003, pp.53-74.

31. Introduction to Moral Responsibility and Alternative Possibilities [together with Michael McKenna],

      David Widerker and Michael McKenna eds., Ashgate  Press 2002, pp.1-16.

32. "Agent Causation and the Control-Problem," Faith and Philosophy 22 (2005), pp. 88-98.

33. "Blameworthiness, Non-robust Alternatives, and the Principle of Alternative Expectations," Midwest

       Studies in Philosophy  29 (2005), pp.292-306.

34. "Libertarianism and the Philosophical Significance of Frankfurt Scenarios," The Journal of Philosophy

       103 (2006), pp. 163–187.

35. "Some Further Thoughts on the Direct Argument," in Nick Trakakis & Daniel Cohen (eds.)  Essays on

       Free Will and Moral Responsibility Cambridge Scholars 2008, pp. 224-233.

36.  "A Defence of Frankfurt-Friendly Libertarianism," Philosophical Explorations 12 (2009): 87–108.

37. "Frankfurt-Friendly Libertarianism," in Robert Kane (ed.) The Oxford Handbook on Free Will, 2nd edition

       Oxford University Press, 2011, pp. 266-287.

38. "The Direct Argument and the Burden of Proof," [together with Ira Schnall] Analysis 72 (2012): 1-13.

39.  "Parfit, Meaning of Life, and What is Essential to Survival," (in Hebrew). [together with Ayala Yaniv]

        Iyyun 60 (2011): 307-331. (in Hebrew)

40.  "The Direct Argument for the Incompatibility of Moral Responsibility and Determinism," [together

       with Ira Schnall] in David Palmer (ed.) Libertarian Free Will, Oxford University Press, 2014, pp. 88-106.

41. "Fischer against the Dilemma Defense: The Defense Prevails,"[together with Stewart Goetz],

       Analysis 73 (2013): 283-295.

42. "On the Luck Objection to Libertarianism," [together with Ira Schnall.] Forthcoming in Carlos Moya,

       Andrei Buckareff, and Sergi Rosell (eds.) Agency and Responsibility,  Palgrave-Macmillan, 2015.

 

 

 

Books edited:

Moral Responsibility and Alternative Possibilities, David Widerker and Michael McKenna eds., Ashgate Press 2003.

 

Work in Progress

A book on free will

The Moral of Taylor's Osmo-story

Refutation of  Baker's defence of compatibilism

Refutation of John Fischer's Semi-Compatibilism

 

Interests

Interests: