Panpsychist Physicalism

Panpsychism is a plausible theory of the fundamental nature of reality. It’s fully compatible with physics and with physicalism. Anyone who holds the following— I) physicalism is true, II) consciousness is real, III) there is no “radical emergence” — should at least endorse IV) psychism, the view that mind or consciousness is a fundamental feature of concrete reality, and V) given the interconvertibility (fungibility) of all fundamental forms of physical stuff, panpsychism appears to be the most plausible form of psychism.

Galen Strawson is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. He works primarily on philosophy of mind, moral psychology and metaphysics, including questions of free will, panpsychism, the mind-body problem, and the self. His scholarship also focuses on John Locke, David Hume, Immanuel Kant, and Friedrich Nietzsche. He is the author of numerous books, including Freedom and Belief (Oxford 1986, 2010), Mental Reality (MIT Press 1994, 2009), and Selves: An Essay in Revisionary Metaphysics (Oxford, 2009). His most recent book is titled Locke on Personal Identity (Princeton 2011, 2014). His works have been translated into Spanish, French, Hungarian, German, Slovakian, and Croatian.

Co-sponsored by the Townsend Center for the Humanities, the Department of Philosophy, and the Rhetoric Department. Part of the Rhetoric Department’s Histories of the Self: A Lecture Series.