"The Experience of Freedom" --The Atlas Society Releases Video Lecture on Free Will

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What is the inner experience of personal freedom? What role does volition play in it and how can "will power" be increased? These questions, so fundamental to effective living, are addressed by scholar David Kelley in a video published by The Atlas Society.

Philosopher and author David Kelley

In this talk on free will, David Kelley focuses, not on the classic issue of how freedom of choice relates to causal determinism, but on the inner experience of freedom. Free will is experienced in many forms and contexts. To explore this variety, Kelley discusses three particular modes of experience: self-control of impulse, meditation, and flow. What are the similarities and differences among these experiences? In which of them is free will experienced most clearly? In addressing these questions, Kelley draws on the Objectivist theory of volition and on the work of key psychologists.

Watch video here: http://www.atlassociety.org/as/experience-freedom

David Kelley earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University in 1975, and later taught cognitive science and philosophy at Vassar College and Brandeis University. His articles on social issues and public policy have appeared in Harpers, The Sciences, Reason, Harvard Business Review, The Freeman, and elsewhere. His books include Unrugged Individualism: The Selfish Basis of Benevolence; The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand"; "The Evidence of the Senses; and The Art of Reasoning, one of the most widely used logic textbooks in the country. Kelley is founder and executive director of The Atlas Society.


The Atlas Society promotes open Objectivism: the philosophy of reason, achievement, individualism, and freedom. Our scholars work to further develop this philosophy born in the mid-twentieth century. We present the empowering principles of Objectivism to a global audience, and offer those principles as a rational and moral alternative in the marketplace of philosophical ideas.

We do this through a variety of programs, which include:

-Original scholarly research which further develops the philosophy.
-Academic training of young intellectuals.
-Publishing and commissioning influential books and monographs.
-Our rich multi-media website
-Original commentary and op-eds published in mainstream media.
-Speeches and media appearances.

Watch "The Experience of Freedom" here: http://www.atlassociety.org/as/experience-freedom

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