Panpsychism: Contemporary Perspectives by Godehard BruntrupPanpsychism: Contemporary Perspectives by Godehard Bruntrup

Panpsychism: Contemporary Perspectives

EditorGodehard Bruntrup, Ludwig Jaskolla

Hardcover | September 26, 2016

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Recent debates in philosophy of mind seemingly have resulted in an impasse. Reductive physicalism cannot account for the phenomenal mind, and nonreductive physicalism cannot safeguard a causal role for the mental as mental. Dualism was formerly considered to be the only viable alternative, butin addition to exacerbating the problem of mental causation, it is hard to square with a naturalist evolutionary framework. By 1979, Thomas Nagel argued that if reductionism and dualism fail, and a non-reductionist form of strong emergence cannot be made intelligible, then panpsychism - the thesis that mental being is a fundamental and ubiquitous feature of the universe - might be a viable alternative. But it was notuntil David Chalmers' The Conscious Mind in 1996 that debates on panpsychism entered the philosophical mainstream. Since then the field has been growing rapidly, and some leading philosophers of mind as well as scientist have argued in favor of panpsychism. This book features contemporary arguments for panpsychism as a genuine alternative in analytic philosophy of mind in the 21st century. Different varieties of panpsychism are represented and systematically related to each other in the volume's 16 essays, which feature not only proponents ofpanpsychism but also prominent critics from both the physicalist and non-physicalist camps.
Godehard Bruntrup holds a PhD (1994) in philosophy from FU Berlin. He has been a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Notre Dame. After receiving tenure in 2003 at Munich School of Philosophy, he now holds the Erich J. Lejeune Chair. He has been visiting professor at Fordham University and is currently a regular visiting professor ...
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Title:Panpsychism: Contemporary PerspectivesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:September 26, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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