The discussion on last book of Derk Pereboom “Free Will, Agency, and Meaning in Life”. The materials of summer school “Free will and moral responsibility”.

Events | 9 Oct 2014

The topic of this session of the Free Will and Moral Responsibility Summer School is Derk Pereboom’s philosophical position. In his latest book “Free Will, Agency, and Meaning in Life” (2014), Pereboom defends “hard incompatibilism”. This theory denies both libertarian and compatibilist freedom of will. Pereboom criticizes the approach to moral responsibility, which rests upon the notion of “basic desert” (according to this approach, an action deserves blame or praise per se).
On the following videos, the participants of the summer school discuss Pereboom’s main argument against compatibilism: the four-stage manipulation argument. Pereboom’s theory depends on this vulnerable argument.

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The conception of free will by John Fischer. The materials of summer school “Free will and moral responsibility”.

Events | 8 Oct 2014

Now we are publishing sessions of school “Free will and moral responsibility” devoted to John Fischer’s position on the issue.
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. So while determinism may be incompatible with free will itself, determinism is still compatible with our having moral responsibility. The resulting view is the subtle thesis that Fischer calls “semi-compatibilism”.
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Moscow Center for consciousness studies is preparing a collection of articles on consciousness and free will!

Events | 26 Sep 2014

In Moscow, there is a golden autumn. Probably the best time for creativity. After a tumultuous summer – our conference in Greenland and then our Summer School in a Russian province, both attended by some of the best philosophical minds of our time – there comes a time to harvest.
The Moscow Center of Consciousness Studies is now preparing a collection of essays devoted to the problems of consciousness, free will, and moral responsibility. We invite authors to submit articles. We need you and your ideas!

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The materials of summer school “Free will and moral responsibility”. “Freedom and resentment”.

Events | 22 Sep 2014

We are continuing to publish the best sessions which we videotaped during our summer school on “Free will and moral responsibility”. 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. Using this way, we can bypass the discussions of free will and determinism, especially because we don’t know what they are. If we look at why and how we attribute to another person resentment or other kinds of reactive attitudes, we will understand what moral responsibility is, and we can do so without having to deal with the traditional questions about determinism and free will.

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The materials of summer school “Free will and moral responsibility”. Consequence argument.

Events | 20 Sep 2014

This August we held a summer school on “Free will and Moral responsibility” led by professor John M. Fischer. Now we have begun to publish the best sessions from that summer school. The first session is devoted to the famous “Consequence argument” of Peter Van Inwagen (in the photo). This argument defines free will as the ability to do otherwise, and it claims that if determinism is true, then we can’t do otherwise and there is only one consequence entailed by previous events. Hence free will is incompatible with determinism; and so, given determinism, we don’t have free will.

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The Impressions about summer school “Free will and moral responsibility”.

Events | 18 Sep 2014

Before we begin to publish material from our Summer School “Free will and moral responsibility” that the Center organized in August in a Russian province under the leadership of Professor John M. Fischer, we offer you the impressions of some of the participants (competitively selected young philosophers and graduate students from different countries) about the event.

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The sessions of the Greenland conference. Keith Frankish and Jesse Prinz.

Events | 13 Sep 2014

We are continuing to publish the sessions which we videotaped during the conference “The problems of consciousness and free will” that the Center for Consciousness Studies organized in Greenland. Below you will find a video of the session with Jesse Prince and Keith Frankish.
Frankish upholds an illusionist conception of consciousness. Consciousness is nothing but the result of confusion, it’s an illusion. Prinz does not agree and believes that it is possible to defend physicalism without falling into such illusionism.
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The sessions of the Greenland conference. Patricia Churchland and Derk Pereboom.

Events | 13 Sep 2014

We are continuing to publish the sessions which we videotaped during the conference “The problems of consciousness and free will” that the Center for Consciousness Studies organized in Greenland. Below you will find a video of the session with Patricia Churchland and Derk Pereboom. This session is primarily devoted to the topic of free will, the realization of control, and choice.

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The sessions of the Greenland conference. David Chalmers and Jesse Prinz.

Events | 13 Sep 2014

We are continuing to publish the sessions which we videotaped during the conference “The problems of consciousness and free will” that the Center for Consciousness Studies organized in Greenland. Below you will find a video of session with with David Chalmers and Jesse Prince, who has proposed a new cognitive model of consciousness AIR (attended intermediate level representation theory) based primarily on the study of the mechanisms of vision.
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The sessions of the Greenland conference. Dmitry Volkov and Robert Howell on Kane.

Events | 12 Sep 2014

We are continuing to publish the sessions which we videotaped during the conference “The problems of consciousness and free will” that the Center for Consciousness Studies organized in Greenland. Below you will find a video of the session with Dmitry Volkov, inspirer and organizer of this conference and co-director of the Moscow Center for Consciousness Studies, and Robert Howell, also one of the organizers of the conference and a co-director of our Center.
This session is devoted to Robert Kane’s prominent libertarian conception of free will. Does Kane treat free will as a mysterious power or does he propose a more naturalistic explanation?
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