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.
In 2015, we conducted an online-survey of Russian philosophers and published the preliminary results. Now we offer you a detailed analysis of this survey, which also contains a comparison of its results with a similar survey of the English-speaking philosophical community. The materials on the survey and a roundtable discussion about it were published in the journal “Bulletin of Moscow University”, they are attached in pdf files.
Within the project “Brainstorming” at the end of last year, SciOne made a video “What if everything is predetermined?” about the problem of free will with Dmitry Volkov, co-director of our Center. In response, a mass of comments and questions followed. Dmitry answers the most interesting of them in that second video of the project.
At the seminar “The Brain and Mind” of the Center for Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences of MSU the co-director of our Center Professor Vadim Vasiliev gave a talk “Paradoxes of Mental Causality.” In this lecture, Vasiliev expounds his point of view on the mind-body problem and on one of the most important its component – mental causation.