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.
Free Will The actress Alina Nasibulina has given an unexpected answer to the question of GQ magazine “What is the most important in a man?” . According to her, the most important thing is “that he should study philosophy of mind, problems of free will, mental causation.” Well, we promise to keep up that course!
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!
“I am often asked: What is a person engaged in philosophy for? I have a lot of answers!” Interview with co-director of MCCS Dmitry Volkov to the “Otkritij gorod” magazine and the Freecity.lv web-portal.
“Riga has become a place of attraction of philosophical minds — it’s the first time the city hosts an International school of philosophy.” Freecity.lv about the “Free Will and Consciousness” Summer School that was held by MCCS.
June 11-24 we held a summer school “Free will and consciousness” in Riga. Here you’ll find a report about this event written by Anton Kuznetsov