Alfred Mele

Alfred Mele

Florida State University

Alfred R. Mele is the William H. and Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University and director of the Big Questions in Free Will Project (2010-13).

He is the author of Irrationality (1987), Springs of Action (1992), Autonomous Agents (1995), Self-Deception Unmasked (2001), Motivation and Agency (2003), Free Will and Luck (2006), and Effective Intentions: The Power of Conscious Will(2009).  He also is the editor or co-editor of The Philosophy of Action (1997), Mental Causation (1993), The Oxford Handbook of Rationality (2004), Rationality and the Good (2007), and Free Will and Consciousness: How Might They Work? (2010).

Read the abstract of the paper Professor Mele presented for STI's Is Science Compatible with Our Desire for Freedom? experts meeting. View his presentation here.

In the 5 years since the meeting, Mele has headed two projects: Big Questions in Free Will (2010-2013); and Philosophy and Science of Self-Control (2014-2017), and has published three books:Backsliding: Understanding Weakness of Will  (Oxford University Press, 2012); A Dialogue on Free Will and Science  (Oxford University Press, 2014); Free: Why Science Hasn't Disproved Free Will  (Oxford University Press, 2014), and edited a fourth: Surrounding Free Will: Philosophy, Psychology, Neuroscience (Oxford University Press, 2014). Professor Mele summarized his work for us here.

Read Professor Mele's paper "Free Will: Action Theory Meets Neuroscience."

Watch a YouTube video of his STI presentation: