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.
Most of the books on philosophy of mind have been published in English. But there is a small number of them in Russian. These 6 books will help people who read in Russian to learn basic things about philsophy of mind.
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 Problems of Consciousness and Free Will” is a special issue of magazine “Moscow University Bulletin”. It is devoted to the results of the two events arranged by our Center – the Greenland conference and the summer school “Free will and Moral Responsibility”.
Interview with co-director of MCCS Dmitry Volkov to GQ magazine about philosophy, business and the arts.
Now it’s widely accepted that consciousness supervene on the brain. But what does it meant? Read our material below.
April 21st Vadim Vasiliev and Dmitry Volkov took part in the discussion “Free will. New twists of old discussions.” We suggest you to watch a video of that astonishing discussion.
The inventor of the Hard problem of Consciousness David Chalmers is celebrating his 50 birthday!
The problem of personal identity is a classic philosophical puzzle. Our body, our character, our memory are changing during the whole life. But why I’m the same person despite all of these changes?