25 nov: Conférence: « Weakness of Will – A Very Short History till Peter Abelard » (Jörn Müller)

Research talk by Jörn Müller on « Weakness of Will – A Very Short History till Peter Abelard »
Wed 25 November 2015, 15:20, at the American University of Paris (C-103).

Why and how do we sometimes act against our better judgment although we are not forced to do it? This everyday phenomenon, which is commonly labeled “weakness of will,” has vexed philosophers from Socrates onwards. Jörn Müller will present some of the answers given by ancient and medieval philosophers before Peter Abelard and highlight the issues which are also of central importance in the theory of sinning, which the ‘Socrates of Gaul’ develops in his Ethica seu Scito te ipsum.


Jörn Müller, Professor of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy and Ethics at Julius-Maximilians Universität, Würzburg, is well known for his monumental study of the concept of weakness of will from Socrates to Duns Scotus.

He will visit the American University of Paris to discuss medieval theories of action and human responsibility with our students. In this context he will give an open talk to which everyone is welcome. If you are interested, please contact me (jwildberger@aup.edu) so that access to the building can be arranged for you.