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How Exactly Does Panpsychism Help Explain Consciousness?

Goff, Philip

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There has recently been a revival of interest in panpsychism as a theory of consciousness. The hope of the contemporary proponents of panpsychism is that the view enables us to integrate consciousness into our overall theory of reality in a way that avoids the deep difficulties that plague the more conventional options of physicalism on the one hand and dualism on the other. However, panpsychism comes in two forms — strong and weak emergentist — and there are arguments that seem to show that weak emergentist panpsychism faces problems analogous to those of physicalism whilst strong emergentist panpsychism faces problems analogous to those of dualism. In this paper, I will develop a new hybrid of the strong and weak emergentist forms of panpsychism, a view according to which subjects of experience are strongly emergent but their phenomenal properties are weakly emergent. I will argue that this hybrid view manages to avoid the challenges facing both physicalism and dualism, and the analogues of those challenges that seem to undermine standard forms of panpsychism.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2024
Online Publication Date Apr 1, 2024
Publication Date Apr 1, 2024
Deposit Date Jun 20, 2024
Publicly Available Date Jun 20, 2024
Journal Journal of Consciousness Studies
Print ISSN 1355-8250
Publisher Imprint Academic
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 31
Issue 3-4
Pages 56-82
DOI https://doi.org/10.53765/20512201.31.3.056
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/2486736

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