Video of Lecture “Neurophilosophy: what’s a big idea?” of Patricia Churchland in Moscow

Events | 23 Jun 2015

Moscow Center for Consciousness studies has invited a famous philosoper !
We are glad to publish a lecture of Patricia Churchalnd with translation into Russian “Neurophilosophy: what’s a big idea?” that was held on June 17th at the Faculty of Philosophy of Moscow State University.
The Center would like to say many thanks to the Faculty of Philosophy and to Andrey Veretennikov who was a translator and did such a hard work

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Artem Besedin has defended his PhD thesis! Congratulations!

Events | 15 Jun 2015

Dear friends, we are glad to share the great news! Our colleague Artem Besedin has successfully defended his PhD thesis on “The Evolution of the philosophical ideas of George Berkeley”.
The entire staff of the Centre congratulates the young and very talented scholar with the defense!
Artem, we hope that in front of you there is a brilliant career and as many as possible philosophical discoveries!
Moscow Center for Consciousness Studies is proud of you!

Neurophilosophy: what’s a big idea? A lecture of Patricia Churchland in Moscow

Events | 14 Jun 2015

Moscow Center for Consciousness studies has invited a famous philosoper Patricia Churchalnd!
June 17th at the Faculty of Philosophy of Moscow State University there will be her lecture “Neurophilosophy: what’s a big idea?” If you’re not from MSU, please send a letter to foreign@philos.msu.ru with your full name till 12 a.m. of June 16th

Free will: yes or no?

Press about us | 13 May 2015

This is the third time when OnlineTV has invited us for a tv show “There is a such thing”. A theme of that show is the problem of free will, in the core of it is the dilemma of determinism which says that we have problems with free will in both cases when determinism is sound and when it is not. Artem Besedin and Anton Kuznetsov are on the way to reveal these obstacles for free will and settle them.
Below you will find a link
Free will: yes or no?
Free will: yes or no?



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“Thinking machines”. New issue of journal “Finikoviy compote”

Events | 1 May 2015

April 30th at the Department of History of Philosophy of Faculty of Philosophy of Moscow State University hosted a presentation and discussion of the new issue of journal “Finikoviy compote”, which was released with the support of our Center. The room has a title “Thinking machines” and it is devoted to the problems of artificial intelligence (AI), which occupy an important place in modern discussions of philosophy of mind.

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Science and Philosophy of Mind

Events | 17 Apr 2015

April 13th we arranged a public lecture “Science and Philosophy of Mind”. The lecture was held by Anton Kuznetsov in a club “Philosophy on the air” of State Library for Youth. There were discussed some basic issues on wether science could solve all the consciousness problems or we need to do some significant philosophical work, what could be proposed to philosophers by empirical data and what philosophers could propose to science in area of consciousness studies.
Below you will find some photos

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Contemporary art and analytic philosophy

Events | 2 Apr 2015

March 20th in Sankt-Petersburg was held a performance “Strict Proof of an External World” of Oleg Kulick together with Dmitry Volkov. It was inspired by a famous work of G.E.Moore “Proof of an External World”. Below you will find some pics. Thanks to Leningrad Center and personally to Boris Sukhodolskiy and Vitaliy Kolickov for them.

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Public debate “Ontology of consciousness. Transcendentalism vs Naturalism”

Events | 29 Mar 2015

March 27th in Sankt-Petersburg was held a public debate “Ontology of consciousness. Transcendentalism vs Naturalism”. Below you will find some pics. Thanks to Dmitry Zaitsev for them

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Self-Representationalism, Phenomenology, and the Hard Problem. Interview with Kenneth Williford.

Interviews,Events | 21 Mar 2015

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.
Below you will find the video and a detailed commentary on it by Kenneth Wiliford

Self-Representationalism, Phenomenology, and the Hard Problem:
Comments on an Interview

Introduction
In the summer of 2014 I was in Moscow visiting my wife’s family. The April before I had met Artem Besedin, Anton Kuznetsov, and Dimitriy Volkov at the 2014 “Toward a Science of Consciousness” conference in Tucson, Arizona. Artem and Anton proposed interviewing me during my visit to Russia. I would like to thank them for their hospitality and interest. I would also like to thank Dimitriy Volkov for making the Moscow Center for Consciousness Studies a reality. The Center has supported some truly interesting and valuable endeavors and exchanges and has very generously made them freely available to the public. I would also like to thank Dean Vladimir Mironov and Deputy Dean Anna Kostikova, both in the philosophy faculty of Moscow State University, for their hospitality and generous intellectual interest and good will. Огpомное спасибо!
What follows is a sort of re-presentation of my answers to Artem’s questions and some references to relevant literature including some papers of mine where I develop the ideas expressed (sometimes rather laboriously, I must admit) in my responses.

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Is Free will a miracle or an illusion?

Events | 21 Mar 2015

March 19th we arrange a public lecture “Is Free will a miracle or an illusion?” The lecture was held by Artem Besedin and Anton Kuznetsov in a club “Philosophy on the air” of State Library for Youth. A next lcture there will be “The Consciousness problems. Science and Philosophy”. Below you will find some photos

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