Helen Steward is a Professor of Philosophy of Mind and Action at the University of Leeds. Her research interests lie mainly in the philosophy of action and free will, the philosophy of mind, and the metaphysical and ontological issues which bear on these areas (e.g. causation, supervenience, levels of explanation, the event/state distinction, the concepts of process and power).
Given that we are part of a physically determined universe, can we ever truly be said to 'act freely'? Aren't we, in effect, nature's puppets, no more capable of performing free actions than is a marionette? Join us in Oxford to explore Free Will.