NYC Night of Philosophy and Ideas: Agency and Imagination

Manhattan 2015

In this “All Night Marathon of philosophical debate, performances, screenings, readings, and music”, I discuss perennial questions in practical philosophy. How do we decide what to do? What is the relationship between what we want and what we have reason to do? I argue that imagination is necessary for finding out what we want and a guide to value. Agents can be be good at imagination, just as they can be good at weighing reasons; both matter for excellent deliberation. In this presentation about decision-making and imagination, I work with images by Jens Haas. The larger project Imagination and Agency is part of the Happiness & Well-Being Project, sponsored by St. Louis University and the John Templeton Foundation.