Why Panpsychism doesn't Help Us Explain Consciousness

Philip Goff

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P>This paper starts from the assumption that panpsychism is counterintuitive and metaphysically demanding. A number of philosophers, whilst not denying these negative aspects of the view, think that panpsychism has in its favour that it offers a good explanation of consciousness. In opposition to this, the paper argues that panpsychism cannot help us to explain consciousness, at least not the kind of consciousness we have pre-theoretical reason to believe in.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-311
Number of pages23
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2009


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