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
Congratulations to Dmitry Volkov, co-director of the Center, for obtaining the post of professor at the Faculty of Philosophy of Moscow State University!
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."
April 8th there will be a report "Basic Approaches to the Mind-Body Problem in Philosophy" of Anton Kuznetsov in the main building of MSU. If you want to learn more and to attend this event, please click the link.
This seminar is devoted to the ideas of Galen Strawson, one of the most original contemporary thinkers. Strawson believes that real materialism is materialism, which recognizes the reality of consciousness, and does not deny it. Therefore, panpsychism is the real materialist theory. Also, Strawson proposes to reconsider the concept of self or subject, considering that the confusion arising in connection with the problem of identity of personality is related to the fact that we mix several concepts of the subject together. He does this using his own method - cognitive phenomenology.
The keynote speakers are Artem Besedin (PhD in Moscow State University and MCCS), Vadim Vasilyev (Ph.D. in Moscow State University and MCCS).
The seminar was also attended by Professor R. Howell, Ph.D. A. Kuznetsov, Ph.D. E. Loginov, A. Tanyushina, A. Pavlov, undergraduate and graduate students of the Faculty of Philosophy of Moscow State University.