Discussion on the free will problem
Dec ‘16

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.

Participants of the meeting – Dmitry Volkov, Vadim Vasilyev, Artem Besedin, Evgenij Loginov, Yulia and Viktor Gorbatovs, Oksana Cherkashina and Andrew Mertsalov – provided an overview of current approaches to the free will problem in the context of the problems of moral responsibility, personal identity, determinism, mental and physical causation, and also expressed their own assessment of these approaches, pointing to what seems to be the most promising ways to solve these problems.

More on this topic
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
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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
Discussion “Defense of Classical Compatibilism”

Classical compatibilism claims that we live in a world where all processes are deterministic, but, in spite of this, free will remains. Within the “Logico-Philosophical Club of the HSE” there was a discussion on this topic, where Professor V. Vasiliev, the main defender of classical compatibilism and co-director of our Center, gave a talk.

Apr ‘17
Project on the study of telepathy

The Moscow Center for Consciousness studies launches a project on the stufy of telepatic capacities together with the Center of Neuroscience and Cognitive Science at MSU. We announce the recruitment of volunteers!

Apr ‘17
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