Benjamin Whittington

Benjamin Whittington

Department of Philosophy
Doctoral researcher

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PhD title: Physicalism and Free Agency
Supervisors: Professor Yujin Nagasawa and Dr Jussi Suikkanen
PhD Philosophy


  • MA Philosophy-Liberty University


I teach Logic and Latin at a classical school in Nashville TN. Additionally I teach philosophy and theology courses at the College of DuPage (IL) and Williamson College (TN).


My main research is on the compatibility of physicalism and free agency. In my thesis, I am defending a new version of Peter Van Inwagen's Consequence Argument directed at proving the incompatibility between free agency and physicalism. Here, I am defending the premises that (if physicalism is true) I am powerless to change/affect microphysical events and states, and the laws of nature, and therefore (if physicalism is true) I have no free will. In this process, I discuss subjects such as causal and nomological closure, views of action/mental causation, the relationship between metaphysical necessity and agency, the neuroscientific data regarding free agency, the concept of physicalism, David Albert and Barry Loewer's Mentaculus Theory, and free will.

Other activities

I have presented at several conferences over the past few years including the Australasian Postgraduate Student Conference, The Evangelical Philosophical Society Annual Conference, The ASSC 24 Conference, and the Weatherford College Philosophy of Religion & Science. I am also an active member of the Society of Christian Philosophers, the Evangelical Philosophical Society, the Association of the Scientific Study of Consciousness, and the American Philosophical Association.


Review of The Hiddenness of God, Michael Rea (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018), in the Reading Religion: a Publication of the American Academy of Religion, December 2020.