Dialectica Publication Online Now

I have been working on a paper titled ‘forming a positive concept of the phenomenal bonding relation for constitutive panpsychism’, which I have had accepted for publication in the journal dialectica.

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The paper has recently been published online and in the most recent issue. If you follow this link, here, then you can read the paper – if you don’t have institutional access don’t worry, it is open access so it won’t be behind a paywall.

In the paper I argue that the Phenomenal Bonding view of panpsychism is not as dismal as people may think. Philip Goff has recently argued that we cannot form a concept of the phenomenal bonding relation, however I respond to Goff arguing that we can form a positive concept of the phenomenal bonding relation.

Here is the abstract of the paper, hopefully it piques your interest:

‘Philip Goff has recently argued that due to the ‘subject-summing problem’, panpsychism cannot explain consciousness. The subject-summing problem is a problem which is analogous to the physicalist’s explanatory gap; it is a gap between the micro-experiential facts and the macro-experiential facts. Goff also suggests that there could be a solution by way of a ‘phenomenal bonding relation’, but believes that this solution is not up to scratch because we cannot form a positive not-merely-role-playing concept of this relation. In this paper, I argue that the phenomenal bonding solution is up to scratch. I argue that the panpsychist, by carefully inspecting their phenomenology and scrutinising their concepts, can form a positive concept of the phenomenal bonding relation. By doing this they can start to get around their explanatory gap’

 

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