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.
David Chalmers on Three Questions about Consciousness
In that interview David Chalmers briefly explain why it's plausible that consciousness could be a fundamental feature of the Universe though it raises the combination problem and still doesn't give us a definite solution to the Hard problem of consciousness.
“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
“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
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".
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 “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.
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.
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 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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
In defense of classical compatibilism. V.Vasiliev
This paper is devoted to free will problem. Author holds that free will is compatible with determinism. He suggests a new solution to the problem, wich name is "ultracompatibilism".
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.
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.
“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.
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Daniel Dennett’s Science of Soul

The New Yorker has published a long read about Daniel Dennett, a man, who made a weighty contribution to our understanding of consciousness, its connection with the brain and evolution. Much of this article is devoted to the Greenland Conference, organized by the Center in 2014 in conjunction with the Philosophy Faculty of Moscow State University. Read the article

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Wittgenstein and Moscow: Day by Day. The Full Investigation

Сo-director of our Center professor Vadim Vasilyev has made an investigation on the secrets of the visit of Ludwig Wittgenstein to USSR. Earlier we published just a piece of it. Now read the full version! Originally the investigation was published on the author’s page

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