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Panpsychism: Contemporary Perspectives

Godehard Bruntrup and Ludwig Jaskolla


Recent debates in philosophy of mind seemingly have resulted in an impasse. Reductive physicalism could not account for the phenomenal mind, and nonreductive physicalism could not safeguard a causal role for the mental as mental. Dualism was considered the only alternative, but it exacerbates the problem of mental causation and seems to be a position that is hard to square with a naturalist evolutionary framework. In 1979, Thomas Nagel argued that if reductionism and dualism fail, and a nonreductionist form of strong emergence cannot be made intelligible, then panpsychism may be viable. It was ... More

Keywords: philosophy of mind, panpsychism, non-reductive naturalism, critique of dualism, critique of physicalism

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199359943
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199359943.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Godehard Bruntrup, editor
Erich J. Lejeune Chair, Munich School of Philosophy

Ludwig Jaskolla, editor
Lecturer, Munich School of Philosophy

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Godehard Brüntrup and Ludwig Jaskolla

Part I The Logical Place of Panpsychism

2 Emergent Panpsychism

Godehard Brüntrup

Part II The Varieties of Panpsychistic Ontologies

3 Mind and Being

Galen Strawson

4 Panpsychism and Priority Cosmopsychism

Yujin Nagasawa and Khai Wager

5 In Search of Mentons

Berit Brogaard

Part III Panpsychism and the Combination Problem

8 What Combination Problem?

Barbara Gail Montero

9 Panpsychist Infusion

William Seager

Part IV Panpsychism and Its Alternatives

15 Dualism and Panpsychism

Charles Taliaferro

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