We’ve made a video story about amazing intellectual event – the summer school “Free will and Consciousness”, which our Center held in Riga this July. In that video you’ll find impressions and thoughts of participants on the topic of the summer school and great views of Riga. Soon we are going to publish the rest materials of the school. Follow the news!
The seminar has been devoted to the book of the distinguished Oxford philosopher Richard Swinburne “Mind, Brain and Free Will”. Swinburn takes an unpopular position for nowdays, defending the substance dualism and proving the existence not only of the soul, but of God. His ideas do not find wide support among the staff of the Center, nevertheless, we consider it important to discuss those views that do not evoke agreement. This is one of the most important foundations of scientific dialogue.
The problem of personal identity is one of the most discussed in the contemporary philosophy. It includes questions about the Self, personality, its identity in time and unity. May 17, 2018, at the Faculty of Philosophy of Moscow State University hosted a conference on this issue.
We've made music on consciousness "Dancing Qualia". It is a collaboration among the Moscow Center for Consciousness Studies, the Institute for the Perspective Brain Studies of MSU and 'D-Pulse' band from St.Petersburg.
This is a very unique issue on metaphilosophy. You can find papers written by Timothy Williamson, Daniel Dennett, Joshua Knobe, and Daniel Stoljar. It is a mutual project of the Center and journal "Epistemology & Philosophy of Science". All papers are here.
Congratulations to Dmitry Volkov, co-director of the Center, for obtaining the post of professor at the Faculty of Philosophy of Moscow State University!
Eric Olson is known by his animalist position on personal identity, that actually we should shift our attention from the personal identity question to the issue of personal ontology namely what exists as a person. Here he comes to the conclusion that we are animals. We invited Olson to our seminar where we are discussing his recent paper "For Animalism".
Participants of the seminar: Eric Olson, Vadim Vasiliev, Dmitry Volkov, Robert Howell, Andrew Mertsalov, Eugene Loginov, Artem Besedin, Oksana Cherkashina, students of Faculty of Philosophy of Moscow State University.
Moderator - Anton Kuznetsov
This is an interview with philosopher Eric Olson. Olson is known by his claim that persons are animals. Vadim Vasiliev and Dmitry Volkov are asking him questions about the details and consequences of that claim.
This Lecture Eric Olson gave at the Moscow State University on May 15, 2019, as a guest of our Center.
"Transhumanists want to free us from the constraints imposed by our humanity by extracting information from the brain, transferring it to a computer, and using it to create a purely electronic person there. That is supposed to move us from our human bodies to computers. This presupposes that a human being could literally move to a computer by a mere transfer of information. The talk is about whether this is metaphysically possible."