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.
The interview was taken by Vadim Vasiliev and Dmitry Volkov. Below you’ll see a list of questions of the interview.
1. The most influential books
2. What are the differences between notions of moral responsibility and basic desert?
3. Which type of punishment should be eliminated if we find out that there is no justification for basic desert?
4. Is indignation as a reaction on wrongdoing a kind of irrational emotion?
5. How was the manipulation argument invented?
6. Why you’ve recently changed a presentation of the first case of Manipulation Argument?
7. How does the problem of free will relate to the problem of mental causation?
8. Could the problem of personal identity pose difficulties for moral responsibility and for basic desert? And why causal determinism is at the focus of free will debate?
9. Is there a real difference between hard incompatibilist’s position and that of compatibilists?
10. Can you list or name some differences and similarities between you and Daniel Dennett?
11. Could cognitive science and neuroscience eliminate the discussion on free will?
12. What is a definition of mental?
13. What were the most important changes of your views?
14. What is meaning of life?
15. What is your current research?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.