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Thu Oct 20, 2016
Geballe Room, Townsend Center, 4–6 PM
Galen Strawson (University of Texas, Austin)
Panpsychic 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 given [v] the interconvertibility (fungibility) of all fundamental forms of physical stuff, panpsychism appears to be the most plausible form of psychism.