Submitting applications to the Summer School “Personal Identity” is Opened!
The Moscow Center for Consciousness Studies (MCCS) is hosting a summer school on June 23d – July 1st, 2018, which will be devoted to the problem of Personal Identity. This year summer school will be led by philosopher Prof. Richard Swinburne of the University of Oxford.
The conception of free will of John Fischer.
Fischer agrees with Strawson that we don’t know whether determinism (the thesis that every event is inevitable and wholly determined by previous events) is true or not, because it is not obvious what exactly the thesis means. But he argues even if determinism is true, nevertheless we are still responsible for our actions.
Mental Causation and Free Will. Derk Pereboom
Problems of Mental Causation and Free will are very similar, but aren't identical. Often people confuse free will with the ability of mental states to cause behaviour. Derk Pereboom discusses differences between Mental Causation and Free Will and how these problems relate to each other.
Philosophy of Mind. Series of Lectures
Moscow Center for Consciousness Studies has made a series of lectures Philosophy of Mind. Series of lectures. Every lecture is devoted to some important issue or to a particular person from that area.
Is there a Solution to the Mind-Body Problem?
Daniel Dennett thinks that the Mind-Body problem has a solution. And moreover it's not a specific or "hard" problem, because in fact there is nothing over and above brain processes. Brain and language produces an illusion of immaterial consciousness, but it doesn't exist like a particular thing as we might think.
Chinese room. Philosophy of mind from A to Z
Chinese Room is the most famous and discussed thought experiment devoted to the possibility of artificial intelligence. Dmitry Volkov and Maria Falikman discussed that thought experiment within a mutual project with Postnauka "Philosophy of mind from A to Z".
6 Books on Philosophy of Mind in Russian
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.
What do Russian philosophers think?
In 2015, we conducted an online-survey of Russian philosophers and published the preliminary results. Now we offer you a detailed analysis of this survey, which also contains a comparison of its results with a similar survey of the English-speaking philosophical community. The materials on the survey and a roundtable discussion about it were published in the journal "Bulletin of Moscow University", they are attached in pdf files.
Consciousness and the Universe. Interview with David Chalmers
In this interview, Chalmers answer our tricky questions about how he came to philosophy, what is his current views on the nature of consciousness, whether zombies can be morally responsible, how the Universe is arranged, what would it mean - the creation of artificial intelligence, and what is the purpose of philosophy.
Consciousness and the Universe. Interview with David Chalmers (Russian version)
In this a Russian version of interview, where Chalmers answer our tricky questions about how he came to philosophy, what is his current views on the nature of consciousness, whether zombies can be morally responsible, how the Universe is arranged, what would it mean - the creation of artificial intelligence, and what is the purpose of philosophy.
“Free will and consciousness”. Summer school in Riga
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
Luck argument. Philosophy of mind from A to Z
t's a widespread belief that necessary condition of free will is indeterminism. But it can turn out that indeterminism raises difficulties for free will. Luck argument reveals these difficulties. Philosopher Artem Besedin and neuroscientist Vasily Klucharev discussed the issue within a mutual project with Postnauka "Philosophy of mind from A to Z".
The “real” illusion of consciousness. Interview with Nicholas Humprey
In this interview Humphrey explains why consciousness is an illusion, a kind of subject of art. Also he tells a story what it is like to live with blindsight and a host of other things.
Mary the super-scientist. Philosophy of mind from A to Z
If we knew everything about how the brain works, would we knew everything about consciousness? Dmitry Ivanov and Alexander Kaplan discussed the issue within a mutual project with Postnauka "Philosophy of mind from A to Z".
“The Hard Problem of Consciousness: 300 yean”. The Lecture of David Chalmers in Moscow
In this lecture David Chalmers considers a progress in solving the mind-body problem, outlines contemporary theories of consciousness and their advantages and disadvantages. He claims that the core problem of these theories is the Hard problem of consciousness - why the processes in the brain are accompanied by conscious experience? Maybe if we take consciousness as something fundamental, we can solve that problem. And Chalmers lays out several prospects how to do it.
Free Will and Consciousness. The Teaser of the Summer School in Riga
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!
Sweet Dreams. Philosophical Obstacles to a Science of Consciousness
In our series of books "Philosophy of Mind" has been released a Russian translation of a book "Sweet dreams" written by Daniel Dennett.
Free will. New twists of old discussions
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.
Consciousness supervene on the brain. What does it mean?
Now it's widely accepted that consciousness supervene on the brain. But what does it meant? Read our material below.
Free will and Determinism. Philosophy of mind from A to Z
In some sense meaning of life is based on free will. It's a belief that we act freely not as physical entities. But is free will possible when determinism is true? Philosophers are divided into two parts. Dmitry Volkov and Kirill Martynov discussed the details of that problem.
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Introduction to the mind-brain problem. Course “Mind and the brain: the last frontier”

lang_ru]Выкладываем первую лекцию курса “Сознание и мозг: последний рубеж”! Этот курс читается сейчас в МГУ силами Центра нейронаук и когнитивных наук МГУ и нашего Центра. Лекцию читает известный отечественный нейроученый Константин Анохин. We are publishing the first lecture of the course “Mind and the brain: the last frontier”! This course is now holding at the Moscow State University by the Center for Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences of Moscow State University and our Center. The lecture is given by the well-known Russian neuroscientist Konstantin Anokhin.

Apr ‘18
Submitting applications to the Summer School “Personal Identity” is Opened!

The Moscow Center for Consciousness Studies (MCCS) is hosting a summer school on June 23d – July 1st, 2018, which will be devoted to the problem of Personal Identity. This year summer school will be led by philosopher Prof. Richard Swinburne of the University of Oxford.

Apr ‘18
What do Russian philosophers think?

In 2015, we conducted an online-survey of Russian philosophers and published the preliminary results. Now we offer you a detailed analysis of this survey, which also contains a comparison of its results with a similar survey of the English-speaking philosophical community. The materials on the survey and a roundtable discussion about it were published in the journal “Bulletin of Moscow University”, they are attached in pdf files.

Mar ‘18
Free Will: Respones on Critics and Questions

Within the project “Brainstorming” at the end of last year, SciOne made a video “What if everything is predetermined?” about the problem of free will with Dmitry Volkov, co-director of our Center. In response, a mass of comments and questions followed. Dmitry answers the most interesting of them in that second video of the project.

Mar ‘18
The Paradoxes of Mental Causation

At the seminar “The Brain and Mind” of the Center for Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences of MSU the co-director of our Center Professor Vadim Vasiliev gave a talk “Paradoxes of Mental Causality.” In this lecture, Vasiliev expounds his point of view on the mind-body problem and on one of the most important its component – mental causation.

Mar ‘18
Maria Falikman on Consciousness, Free Will, Neuroscience and Philosophy

Together with SciOne, we made a small project, where scientists and philosophers answered four questions: on consciousness, neuroscience, free will, and philosophy. Watch the first video with Maria Falikman, PhD, Head of the Department of Psychology at the Higher School of Economics.

Jan ‘18
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