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.
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.
“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.
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?
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.
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 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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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".
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".
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.
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 “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.
Interview with Jesse Prinz in Moscow.
Last week from 25 to 30 November, Jesse Prinz, a prominent philosopher and cognitivist, a professor at New York University and a good friend of the Center, was a guest of Philosophy Department of Lomonosov Moscow State University. Prinz is known widely outside of the philosophy of mind, he is interested in experimental philosophy, aesthetics, epistemology, social philosophy, philosophy of psychology.
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Mind, Brain and Free Will. Research Seminar of the Center for Consciousness Studies

The seminar has been devoted to the book of the distinguished Oxford philosopher Richard Swinburne “Mind, Brain and Free Will”. Swinburn takes an unpopular position for nowdays, defending the substance dualism and proving the existence not only of the soul, but of God. His ideas do not find wide support among the staff of the Center, nevertheless, we consider it important to discuss those views that do not evoke agreement. This is one of the most important foundations of scientific dialogue.

May ‘18
Conference on The Personal Identity Problem. Recordings of the Presentations

The problem of personal identity is one of the most discussed in the contemporary philosophy. It includes questions about the Self, personality, its identity in time and unity. May 17, 2018, at the Faculty of Philosophy of Moscow State University hosted a conference on this issue.

May ‘18
Course “Contemporary Philosophy of Mind”

There has been opened an entry for the joint program of the Faculty of Philosophy of the Moscow State University and the Moscow Center for Consciousness Studies. The program is designed for everyone who is interested in modern philosophical studies, problems of consciousness and free will. Students of the course will have an opportunity to get acquainted with the main philosophical problems of contemporary consciousness studies, learn how the philosophy of mind is related to cognitive and neuro-sciences, and get acquainted with the ideas of its main representatives. The students will get a general idea of ​the analytic philosophy and the place of the philosophy of mind in it. Detailed information and applications.

May ‘18
Understanding the World. The Second Dialogue between Russian Scientists and the Dalai Lama

This dialogue took place on May 3 and 4 in Dharamsala India. It was arranged with the support of our Center. Leading Russian scientists took part in it. We are publishing the videos of this dialogue. Later, there will be published a report with the analysis of that event.

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Introduction to the mind-brain problem. Course “Mind and the brain: the last frontier”

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.

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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.

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