Interview with Jesse Prinz in Moscow.

Events | 4 Dec 2014

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.

His philosophical position can be described as radical empiricism, which he follows in all its areas of interest. Therefore, his theory of consciousness based on the understanding of specific visual information processing in the extrastriate cortex – the Attended Intermediate Level Realization Theory of Consciousness. Prinz considers himself a follower of Hume, and even tries to go further of his philosophy. He also is known for his unusual appearance, Prinz has a coloured hair and lots of jewelry on their hands. For the most part this is due to youth of philosopher, which took place side by side next to the prominent American artists (for example, his mother worked with Andy Warhol), and to his antiglobal views.
In Moscow, he gave a lecture, held seminars on experimental philosophy and participated in an interview with our center, which was taken by Vadim Vasilyev, Dmitry Volkov and Anna Kostikova. Interview turned out very vivid and memorable.

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Why do we need consciousness?

Events | 28 Nov 2014

We are glad to introduce the recording of a program “There is such a thing” on the channel “the First Interactive TV” dedicated to the problems of consciousness, which was attended by Co-Director of our Center Dmitry Volkov. It discusses a variety of issues related to the consciousness: “Why do we need consciousness? What is consciousness? How is it connected with the mind and soul? When and why did it come from? Is there a private and public consciousness? What is the subconscious mind and whether it plays a significant role in our lives? ”
http://www.onlinetv.ru/video/1987/

Lecture of Jesse Prinz in MSU this friday!

Events | 25 Nov 2014

We are pleased to announce that on Friday, November 28 at the Philosophy Faculty of Moscow State University there will be held a lecture by the famous philosopher and cognitivist Jesse Prinz, which will be devoted to experimental philosophy. In the meantime, the lecture has not yet passed, we decided to introduce you to a unique video where Jesse Prince explains what experimental philosophy is. We shot it in Greenland, but not published until that time.
For more details see that link http://new.philos.msu.ru/news/item/lekcija_professora_dzhessi_princa_ssha_2622/

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The lectures on Wittgenstein by Alexander Gryaznov.

Events | 10 Nov 2014

We are publishing the lectures on Wittgenstein by Alexander Gryaznov, a prominent Russian researcher who wrote important work on many of the leading analytic philosophers. Largely due to his activities, an interest in the philosophy of mind developed in Russia. We received these unique texts from the family of Diana Gasparyan and Aleksander Mackiewicz, who recorded them when they were students. We are grateful for their help.

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The presentations of participants. The materials of summer school “Free will and moral responsibility”.

Events | 3 Nov 2014

This is the last publication of materials from the Summer School “Free will and moral responsibility.” Below you will see videotaped presentations by the participants – young scholars and graduate students from Russia, UK, USA, and Sweden. In a sense, during these presentations our venerable Professor Fischer became a student, and his students — teachers. These young people are at the cutting edge of research on free will and moral responsibility.
Watch, think, then again watch and think.
Enjoy the presentations!

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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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