Vasilyev’s book is devoted to the discussion of the hard problem of consciousness – the question of why the function of the human brain is accompanied by the subjective experience. The author considers the origins of this problem first formulated in a clear way by the Australian philosopher D. Chalmers in the late 20th century. V. Vasilyev analyzes how the “hard problem” relates to the mind-body problem and the problem of mental causation. Analyzing the works of J. Searle, D. Dennett, D. Chalmers, and many other analytic philosophers, he critically assesses the various approaches to the enigma of consciousness. The final part of the book presents the author’s own vision of the “hard problem” which allows, from his point of view, to avoid conceptual impasses and pay tribute to the intuitions of common sense.
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.
Kuznetsov’s paper considers Ned Block’s well-known distinction between phenomenal consciousness and access consciousness. In contrast to Chalmers’ hard problem of consciousness, phenomenal consciousness, as described by Block, does not present an apparently intractable problem.
Colour vision is the most known part of conscious experience and the most confusing. Maybe disclosure of its secrets could solve the problem of consciousness.
Derk Pereboom claims that free will is impossible because of its incompatibility with both determinism and indeterminism. Also he defends a robust nonreductive physicalism. It says that although consciousness can’t be reduced to physical it’s not something over and above physical.
Consciousness is an illusion. It’s a position of psychologist Nicholas Humphrey. But we understand each other, create masterpieces of art and complex scientific theories in virtue of that illusion.
On January 14th, Derk Pereboom will deliver a lecture on “Optimistic Scepticism about Free Will”. Derk Pereboom Professor, Sage School of Philosophy, Cornell University, author of “Living without Free Will”.
if you were destroyed into particles and perfectly reconstructed in another place, would it still be you? This is a case of teleportation. What exactly makes you you? Where does personality live? What provides the continuity of your personality through the time? Natalia Kiselnikova and Maria Sekatskaya discussed the issue of personal identity within a mutual project with Postnauka “Philosophy of mind from A to Z”.
The Moscow Center for Consciousness Studies is hosting a summer school devoted to the problem of Free Will and Consciousness on July 10th – 23d 2016. The summer school will be led by philosopher Prof. Derk Pereboom of Cornell University.