Free Will is Impossible. Interview with Derk
Derk Pereboom claims that free will is impossible because of its incompatibility with both determinism and indeterminism. Also he defends a robust nonreductive physicalism. It says that although consciousness can’t be reduced to physical it’s not something over and above physical.
The “real” illusion of consciousness. Interview with Nicholas Humprey
In this interview Humphrey explains why consciousness is an illusion, a kind of subject of art. Also he tells a story what it is like to live with blindsight and a host of other things.
Neurophilosophy on the way of solving problems.
Churchland is trying to combine philosophy, neuroscience and evolutionary biology within consciousness studies. In her interviewm she discussed the following questions: What is eliminativism and its difference from the identity theory? Could armchair philosophy and conceptual analysis be worth applying to the consciousness problem?
Luck argument. Philosophy of mind from A to Z
t's a widespread belief that necessary condition of free will is indeterminism. But it can turn out that indeterminism raises difficulties for free will. Luck argument reveals these difficulties. Philosopher Artem Besedin and neuroscientist Vasily Klucharev discussed the issue within a mutual project with Postnauka "Philosophy of mind from A to Z".
Interview with Jesse Prinz in Moscow.
Last week from 25 to 30 November, Jesse Prinz, a prominent philosopher and cognitivist, a professor at New York University and a good friend of the Center, was a guest of Philosophy Department of Lomonosov Moscow State University. Prinz is known widely outside of the philosophy of mind, he is interested in experimental philosophy, aesthetics, epistemology, social philosophy, philosophy of psychology.
“Freedom and resentment”.
This session is devoted to one of the most significant articles in the debates on free will and moral responsibility, “Freedom and resentment” by Peter Strawson. He suggests a kind of normative way to think of moral responsibility
The conception of free will of John Fischer.
Fischer agrees with Strawson that we don’t know whether determinism (the thesis that every event is inevitable and wholly determined by previous events) is true or not, because it is not obvious what exactly the thesis means. But he argues even if determinism is true, nevertheless we are still responsible for our actions
The Invention of Consciousness. A lecture of Nicholas Humphrey at MSU
On November 24th, Nicholas Humphrey delivered a lecture on "The Invention of Consciousness". Humphrey is the author of an original solution to the consciousness problem and a discoverer of the blindsight phenomenon, professor at the London School of Economics
Mary the super-scientist. Philosophy of mind from A to Z
If we knew everything about how the brain works, would we knew everything about consciousness? Dmitry Ivanov and Alexander Kaplan discussed the issue within a mutual project with Postnauka "Philosophy of mind from A to Z".
In Greenland. Paul Churchland and David Chalmers.
We are pleased to offer you a video of session with Paul Churchland and David Chalmers. This session, like all the rest, is divided into three parts: report on the author's ideas, author’s answer, and discussion.
Self-Representationalism, Phenomenology, and the Hard Problem.
We are glad to present you the interview with Kenneth Williford – an associate professor of the University of Texas at Arlington, and a friend of our Center. He is the editor of the collection of essays “Self-Representational Approaches to Consciousness” (2006). Professor Williford’s own views are close to self-representational approaches, and they are discussed in the interview.
Chinese room. Philosophy of mind from A to Z
Chinese Room is the most famous and discussed thought experiment devoted to the possibility of artificial intelligence. Dmitry Volkov and Maria Falikman discussed that thought experiment within a mutual project with Postnauka "Philosophy of mind from A to Z".
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