Professor of Philosophy, Florida State University
Alfred Mele is an American philosopher and the William H. and Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University. He specializes in irrationality, akrasia, intentionality and philosophy of action. He is the author of several books, most recently "Effective Intentions," published in 2009.
Neuroscientist Benjamin Libet conducted experiments in the 1980s which suggest that our behaviors are determined by our brain and only later interpreted by our mind.
Why the two disciplines are intersecting now more than ever.
How free will and randomness intersect, and how working on ourselves could help events work out in our favor.
The question of human autonomy, the alternate universes that our choices can open up, and the problem of measurement awareness.
People often trick themselves into believing they are significantly more skilled in risky situations than they actually are.
Human beings will make unwise decisions — and sometimes they’ll make radically unwise decisions. But we aren’t fundamentally rational or irrational creatures.
The Florida State University professor on how he got into the study of philosophy and why we sometimes go out and party when we know we should be studying.
A conversation with the Florida State University professor of philosophy.