The latest trends in analytical philosophy. The roundtable discussion at Philosophy department of MSU

Events | 3 Mar 2015

February 26 at the Philosophy department of Moscow State University hosted a roundtable discussion “Latest Trends analytic philosophy”, which was attended by our colleagues from the Center of phenomenology and philosophy of mind at SPSU. The event went on for about five hours. It’s hard to hide the pleasure derived from the roundtable! Discussion was extremely informative and interesting.
Fortunately, we were able to make records of reports of this wonderful event. Below you will find their titles and references to the records.
S.Levin (HSE in St. Petersburg) “Why do we not know what “Chinese nation” feels?”
Kuznetsov (MSU) “Mental causation: the anomalous problem”
M.Sekatskaya (SPSU) “Moral attitude: responsibility without metaphysical freedom”
D.Volkov (MSU) “What does the manipulation argument of Pereboom prove?”
A.Besedin (MSU) “What is the manipulation and whether determinism manipulate us?”
A.Ponomarev (SPSU) “The process of perception in the concept representationalism”


Could consciousness be mistaken? The second show on onlinetv

Interviews,Events | 13 Feb 2015

We are glad to introduce the second 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.
Could consciousness be mistaken?
“How is our consciousness acting? What are the ways of evolution of consciousness? Could consciousness be mistaken? All these questions are considered by Ph.D., co-director of the Moscow Center for Consciousness Studies at the Philosophy Department of Moscow State University Dmitry Volkov”.
Could consciousness be mistaken?

“The Hard problem”. A play on consciousness by Tom Stoppard

Events | 30 Jan 2015

Did you know that on January 28 there was a premiere of a play dedicated to the Hard problem of consciousness? And it is not in the back of the theater life, but in the heart of England, in London, at the National Theatre and the author has long been famous playwright Tom Stoppard.

“Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brain-science institute, is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness?

This is ‘the hard problem’ which puts Hilary at odds with her colleagues who include her first mentor Spike, her boss Leo and the billionaire founder of the institute, Jerry.

Is the day coming when the computer and the fMRI scanner will answer all the questions psychology can ask?

Meanwhile Hilary needs a miracle, and she is prepared to pray for one”. Said on the oficial site of National Theater

On the piece managed to visit Dmitry Volkov, co-director of the Center for Consciousness Studies. Here are some photos taken by him.


A way forward to solve the hard problem of consciousness

Events | 30 Jan 2015

In continuation of the published article about consciousness in the Guardian published a response of Philip Goff, a member of our Greenland conference “A way forward to solve the hard problem of consciousness”, where he describes the possible prospect of solving the mystery of consciousness.
A way forward to solve the hard problem of consciousness


How to solve the mind-body problem? Lecture of John Searle

Events | 23 Jan 2015

We are glad to present the lecture “How to solve the mind-body problem?” read by John Searle at the Philosophy department of Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2011 during his visit to Moscow organized by our Center.
The English version is authorized by John Searle

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

Events | 21 Jan 2015

We are glad to announce that the Guardian has published an article on consciousness “Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?”. It is mostly devoted to David Chalmers and the Hard problem of consciousness but also it is mentioned our conference in Greenland.
Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?


Interview with Jesse Prinz in Moscow.

Interviews,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.


Why do we need consciousness?

Interviews,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? ”

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


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.