Gregg D. Caruso is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Humanities Department at Corning Community College, SUNY. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from William Paterson University and his M.Phil and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the City University of New York, Graduate Center. He is the author of Free Will and Consciousness: A Determinist Account of the Illusion of Free Will (2012) and the editor of Exploring the Illusion of Free Will and Moral Responsibility (2013) and Science and Religion: 5 Questions (2014)—a collection of interviews with some of the world's most influential and prominent philosophers, scientists, theologians, apologists, and atheists. In 2012 he was awarded the Regional Board of Trustees Excellence in Teaching Award.
Dr. Caruso's research interests include philosophy of mind, cognitive science, and metaphysics, with a particular interest in consciousness and free will. His most recent work focuses on the problem of free will and the phenomenology of freedom. In particular, he argues that our subjective feeling of freedom, as reflected in the first-person phenomenology of agentive experience, is an illusion created by certain aspects of our consciousness. His broader work engages issues at the intersection of the behavioral, cognitive, and neurosciences. He is especially interested in theoretical accounts of consciousness and what recent developments in the behavioral, cognitive, and neurosciences can tell us about human agency and free will. He is also interested in exploring the implications of free will skepticism for our interpersonal relationships, society, morality, meaning, and the law.
His other interests include ethics, social and political philosophy, moral responsibility, and the clash between religious and scientific worldviews. Currently he is Vice President of the Southwestern Philosophical Society (SWPS), contributor to the blog Flickers of Freedom, and an Assessing Editor for The Journal of Mind and Behavior.
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