Last month's inaugeral Featured Author series with Professor John Martin Fischer was a great success. So, thanks again to everyone for playing along. I think the entire month of October highlighted just how interesting and illuminating philosophical blogging can be. And I am delighted to have many more months of engaging philosophical blogging to come as our all-star line-up of upcoming Featured Authors continues to provoke the readers of Flickers of Freedom to think about the multitude of interesting issues that arise in the context of free will and responsibility.
That said, please join me in welcoming the next Featured Author at Flickers of Freedom--Professor Saul Smilansky of the University of Haifa. Professor Smilasnky's main research interests are the free will problem; normative ethics (with special emphasis on moral paradoxes, meta-normative theory, and the notion of contribution); and the role of illusion and self-deception in our lives. He is presently working on some new paradoxes, and thinking on what all this paradoxicality might mean. He has also begun to work on a bigger project, which concerns the idea of what he calls "crazy ethics," whereby our true (or at least most plausible) moral beliefs might in some ways be "crazy." This project incorporates much of his previous work on free will, moral paradoxes, and illusion. He is the author of Free Will and Illusion (2000) and 10 Moral Paradoxes (2007).
So, please check back in the upcoming days for Professor Smilansky's first post. Hopefully, everyone will read the posts as eagerly as I will and participate actively in the ensuing discussion. I expect the comment threads to contain some first rate philosophy! So, happy flickering everyone!