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. 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!
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.
“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
Free Will is Impossible. Interview with Derk
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.
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.
“What do philosophers discuss?”. Read in the new issue of “Schrodinger’s cat”
I"What consciousness is? Does free will exist? Where do moral priciples come from? Moscow Center for Consciousness Studies held the biggest survey of the Russian philosophical community. Read more
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
The Invention of Consciousness. A lecture of Nicholas Humphrey at MSU
On November 24th, Nicholas Humphrey delivered a lecture on "The Invention of Consciousness". Humphrey is the author of an original solution to the consciousness problem and a discoverer of the blindsight phenomenon, professor at the London School of Economics
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".
“Freedom and resentment”
This session is devoted to one of the most significant articles in the debates on free will and moral responsibility, “Freedom and resentment” by Peter Strawson. He suggests a kind of normative way to think of moral responsibility
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 sessions of the Greenland conference: Paul Churchland and David Chalmers
We are pleased to offer you a video of session with Paul Churchland and David Chalmers. This session, like all the rest, is divided into three parts: report on the author's ideas, author’s answer, and discussion.
Neurophilosophy on the way of solving problems
Churchland is trying to combine philosophy, neuroscience and evolutionary biology within consciousness studies. In her interviewm she discussed the following questions: What is eliminativism and its difference from the identity theory? Could armchair philosophy and conceptual analysis be worth applying to the consciousness problem?
Discussion on the free will problem
The video of a meeting organized on the occasion of the release of a new book by Vadim Vasilyev, "In Defense for Classical Compatibilism: Essays on Free Will", and the 114-th issue of "Logos" magazine, dedicated to the free will problem.
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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Congratulations to Dmitry Volkov with the defense of doctoral thesis!

We are happy to congrats Dmitry Volkov with the defense of doctoral thesis “The problem of free will and moral responsibility in the analytic philosophy of the late XX – early XXI centuries”

Jun ‘17
Are We Ready to the Science of Consciousness?

A report about a conference “Science of Consciousness” held in Sand Diego.

Jun ‘17
The Argument of Luck vs the Consequence Argument. Sekatskaya M.

These arguments pursue opposite goals. The argument of luck tends to show that if determinism is true, then our actions are the result of luck, contingency, and, therefore, free will simply dissolves into contingency and, therefore, disappears. The consequence argument claims that if indeterminism is true, then the facts of the past, along with the laws of nature, determine the future. But since we do not determine the facts of the past and the laws of nature, therefore, we do not determine our future, and therefore we do not have the free will. In her report, Maria Secatskaya tries to find a way out of this situation.

Apr ‘17
Mental Causation and Free Will. Volkov D.

The problem of how consciousness can affect behavior, physical processes is closely related to the problem of free will. This connection is recognized by many philosophers. In his report, Dmitry Volkov, co-director of our Center, tried to present his point of view on this issue.

Apr ‘17
In the Labyrinth of Free Will. Conference at the Faculty of Philosophy, Moscow State University

The leading experts on the problem of free will from the Moscow State University, St. Petersburg State University, the Higher School of Economics and, of course, the staff of our Center participated in this conference. We attach some pics and titles of reports. Video is coming soon!

Apr ‘17
Congratulations to Professor V.Vasilev with the presentation of the medal “For Contribution to the Development of Philosophy”!

Our friendly team hastens to congratulate Professor V.Vasilev, the co-director of the Center, with the presentation of such a prestigious award! This medal is a recognition of outstanding merits and contribution to the domestic philosophy.

Apr ‘17
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