Mind that Abides. Panpsychism in the new millennium
Edited by David Skrbina. University of Michigan at Dearborn
Advances in Consciousness Research, 75
Benjamins Publishing Company.
2009. xiv, 401 pp. John.
Panpsychism is the view that all things, living and nonliving, possess some mind like quality. It stands in sharp contrast to the traditional notion of mind as the property of humans and (perhaps) a few select ‘higher animals’. Though surprising at first glance, panpsychism has a long and noble history in both Western and Eastern thought. Overlooked by analytical, materialist philosophy for most of the 20th century, it is now experiencing a renaissance of sorts in several areas of inquiry. A number of recent books – including Skrbina’s Panpsychism in the West (2005) and Strawson et al’s Consciousness and its Place in Nature (2006) – have established panpsychism as respectable and viable. Mind That Abides builds on these works. It takes panpsychism to be a plausible theory of mind and then moves forward to work out the philosophical, psychological and ethical implications. With 17 contributors from a variety of fields, this book promises to mark a wholesale change in our philosophical outlook.
Table of contents
Acknowledgements & dedication
1. Panpsychism in history: An overview
2. Realistic monism: Why physicalism entails panpsychism, and on the Sesmet theory of subjectivity
3. Halting the descent into panpsychism: A quantum thermofield theoretical perspective
4. Mind under matter
5. The conscious connection: A psycho-physical bridge between brain and pan-experiential quantum geometry
6. Can the panpsychist get around the combination problem?
7. Universal correlates of consciousness
8. Panpsychism, the Big-Bang-Argument, and the dignity of life
9. Back to Whitehead? Galen Strawson and the rediscovery of panpsychism
10. Does process externalism support panpsychism? The relational nature of the physical world as a foundation for the conscious mind
11. The dynamics of possession: An introduction to the sociology of Gabriel Tarde
12. Finite eventism
13. Zero-person and the psyche
14. “All things think:” Panpsychism and the metaphysics of nature
15. ‘Something there?’ James and Fechner meet in a Pluralistic Universe
16. Panpsychic presuppositions of Samkhya metaphysics
17. The awareness of rock: East-Asian understandings and implications
18. Why has the West failed to embrace panpsychism?
19. Minds, objects, and relations: Toward a dual-aspect ontology