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The Routledge Handbook of Panpsychism

( 2020; Routledge)

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Panpsychism is the view that consciousness—the most puzzling and strangest phenomenon in the entire universe—is a fundamental and ubiquitous feature of the world, though in a form very remote from human consciousness. At a very basic level, the world is awake. Panpsychism seems implausible to most, and yet it has experienced a remarkable renaissance of interest over the last quarter century. The reason is the stubbornly intractable problem of consciousness. Despite immense progress in understanding the brain and its relation to states of consciousness, we still really have no idea how consciousness emerges from physical processes which are presumed to be entirely non-conscious.


The Routledge Handbook of Panpsychism provides a high-level comprehensive examination and assessment of the subject—its history and contemporary development. It offers 28 chapters, appearing in print here for the first time, from the world's leading researchers on panpsychism. The chapters are divided into four sections that integrate panpsychism’s relevance with important issues in philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, metaphysics, and even ethics:


1. Historical Reflections
2. Forms of Panpsychism
3. Comparative Alternatives
4. How Does Panpsychism Work?


The volume will be useful to students and scholars as both an introduction and as cutting-edge philosophical engagement with the subject. For anyone interested in a philosophical approach to panpsychism, the Handbook will supply fascinating and enlightening reading. The topics covered are highly diverse, representing a spectrum of views on the nature of mind and world from various standpoints which take panpsychism seriously.


Table of Contents


Preface -- William Seager


1. Introduction: A Panpsychist Manifesto -- William Seager


Part I: Historical Reflections

2. Plato and Panpsychism -- Daniel Dombrowski

3. Abhidharma Panprotopsychist Metaphysics of Consciousness -- Monima Chadha

4. Spinoza’s Panpsychism -- Martin Lin

5. Many-Minded Leibniz’s Many Minds -- Graeme Hunter

6. Panpsychism in the 19th Century -- David Skrbina

7. William James, Pure Experience and Panpsychism -- Andrew Bailey

8. Overcoming the Cartesian Legacy: Whitehead’s Revisionary Metaphysics -- Pierfrancesco Basile

9. Russell’s Neutral Monism and Panpsychism -- Donovan Wishon

10. Panpsychism Reconsidered: A Historical and Philosophical Overview -- David Skrbina


Part II: Forms of Panpsychism

11. Beyond Cosmopsychism and the Great I Am: How the World might be Grounded in Universal ‘Advaitic’ Consciousness -- Miri Albahari

12. Living Cosmos Panpsychism -- Freya Mathews

13. Cosmopsychism, Micropsychism and the Grounding Relation -- Philip Goff

14. The Crux of Subjectivity: The Subjective Dimension of Consciousness and its Role in Panpsychism -- Michael Blamauer

15. Anomalous Dualism: A New Approach to the Mind-Body Problem -- David Bourget


Part III: Comparative Alternatives

16. Subjective Physicalism and Panpsychism -- Robert J. Howell

17. Panpsychism: A Cognitive Pluralist Perspective -- Steven Horst

18. Neutral Monism Reborn: Breaking the Gridlock Between Emergence and Inherence -- Michael Silberstein

19. Panpsychism and Non-standard Materialism: Some Comparative Remarks -- Daniel Stoljar

20. Panpsychism and Russellian Monism -- Torin Alter and Sam Coleman


Part IV: How Does Panpsychism Work?

21. Can We Sum Subjects? Evaluating Panpsychism’s Hard Problem -- Luke Roelofs

22. Panpsychism versus Pantheism, Polytheism, and Cosmopsychism -- Yujin Nagasawa

23. The Argument for Panpsychism from Experience of Causation -- Hedda Hassel Mørch

24. A Quantum Cure for Panphobia -- Paavo Pylkkänen

25. Panpsychism’s Combination Problem is a Problem for Everyone -- Angela Mendelovici

26. What Does "Physical" Mean? A Prolegomenon to Physicalist Panpsychism -- Galen Strawson

27. Strawson on Panpsychism -- Terry Horgan

28. Idealism and the Mind-Body Problem -- David Chalmers

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