Panpsychist Physicalism

10/20/2016, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Geballe Room, Townsend Center

Galen Strawson


Histories of the Self: A Lecture Series 

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.

Galen Strawson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of numerous books, including Selves: An Essay in Revisionary Metaphysics (2009), Freedom and Belief (2010), Locke on Personal Identity: Consciousness and Concernment (2011), and The Secret Connexion : Causation, Realism, and David Hume (2014).

Sponsored by the Departments of Rhetoric and Philosophy, the Program in Critical Theory, and the Townsend Center for the Humanities.