Prof. Dr. Maureen Sie
Maureen Sie is professor of philosophical anthropology and the founding principles of Humanism, on behalf of the Socrates Foundation, at the Institute of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University, for one day a week. She is associate professor of Meta-ethics and Moral Psychology at the department of Philosophy, Erasmus University in Rotterdam, for five days a week. From 2009 to 2013 she was head of a small research-group funded by the Dutch Organisation of Scientific Research with a prestigious personal grant, that explores the implications of the developments in the behavioral, cognitive, and neuroscience for our concept of moral agency, reasons, free will, and personal responsibility. She has been a member of the syllabus committee for Philosophy at High-school (responsible for the topics of the exams) for several years now and from 01-2017 she will be chairing the Practical Philosophy division of the Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW).
Some of her publications include: Moral Hypocrisy and Moral Reasons in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice (Volume 18, Issue 2, 2015); Self-Knowledge and the Minimal Conditions of Responsibility: A Traffic-Participation View on Human (Moral) Agency in: Journal of Value Inquiry (48(2), 2015), “The real neuroscientific challenge to free will,” in: Trends in Cognitive Science (Vol 12/1, 2008), co-authored with Wouters, A. and “Free Will an Illusion? An Answer from a Pragmatic Sentimentalist Point of View (2013) in: Caruso, G. (ed.), Exploring the Illusion of Free Will and Moral Responsibility (Lexington Books, pp 273-289). Also she published the monograph Justifying Blame. Why Free Will matters and why it does not (Rodopi, 2005) and co-edited, together with Derk Pereboom, Basic Desert, Reactive Attitudes and Free Will, Special Issue Philosophical Explorations. An International Journal for the Philosophy of Mind and Action. 16(2).
In 2011 she published a Dutch volume on free will Hoezo Vrije Wil? Perspectieven op een heikele kwestie (Lemniscaat 2011) (What do you mean: Free Will? Perspectives on a Contested Issue.), a collection of newly written chapters by various specialists from different disciplines (with a background in philosophy) on the subject of free will as it is discussed in their (inter)disciplinary field. The book also contains an introduction to the philosophical discussion on the topic, analytic and continental. This volume was intended to introduce some philosophical sophistication to the public debate in the Netherlands, a debate that is dominated by brain-scientists and social psychologists. In any case, the book let to quite some lectures in the public domain (see here) and some popular publications in Dutch (here).
* The quote above is from William Butler Yeats – Among School Children