Christian List

Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at the London School of Economics and Political Science

Resident at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
January−February 2018

Research topic at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
»Why Free Will is Real«

Project outline:
The aim of my »Free Will« project is to defend a robust notion of free will against some prominent naturalistic critiques. It is often claimed by neuroscientists and others that free will is an illusion: a left-over from a pre-scientific way of thinking. If this critique were correct, it would profoundly challenge our human self-conception as agents and our established practices of responsibility ascription. It would also significantly challenge deontological morality. I hope to show, however, that free will – in a relatively strong sense that involves intentionality, alternative possibilities, and causal control – is compatible with a scientifically informed worldview. (Christian List)

Funding of the stay:
»Justitia Amplificata. Rethinking Justice − Applied and Global«

Scholarly profile of Christian List

Christian List is Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is also a Fellow of the British Academy and Subject editor for Philosophy of Social Sciences, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Please find more information about Christian List here.

Main areas of research:
Political theory, democratic theory, action theory

Selected publications:
  1. (with F. Dietrich) »Probabilistic Opinion Pooling Generalized, Part One: General Agendas«, In: Social Choice and Welfare, forthcoming.
  2. (with Peter Menzies) »My brain made me do it: The exclusion argument against free will, and what’s wrong with it«, In: Making a Difference (ed. by H. Beebee, C. Hitchcock, and H. Price), Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
  3. (with Franz Dietrich) »Reason-based choice and context-dependence: An explanatory framework«, In: Economics and Philosophy, vol. 32, no. 2, 2016.
  4. (with Laura Valentini) »Freedom as independence«, In: Ethics, vol.126, no 4, 2016.
  5. (with Philip Pettit) Group Agency: The Possibility, Design and Status of Corporate Agents, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.