A group of Russian scientists, at the invitation of the Dalai Lama, arrived in Delhi to participate in the dialogue “Nature of Consciousness”. And on the first day, much has been discussed!
In the journal “Voprosy Filosofii” was published a collective article. In that article people from our Center and the St. Petersburg State University summarize the discussions on the problems of consciousness, free will and moral responsibility that took place a year ago within the International Summer School “Free Will and Consciousness” organized by the Center.
We are happy to congrats Dmitry Volkov with the defense of doctoral thesis “The problem of free will and moral responsibility in the analytic philosophy of the late XX – early XXI centuries”
A report about a conference “Science of Consciousness” held in Sand Diego.
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.
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.