The World as Consciousness

Miri Albahari, Jack Symes

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Many mystical figures have proclaimed our abiding nature to be a pure consciousness that turns out to underlie what we take to be the world. While often dismissed as other-worldly, my contention is that this central claim can be developed into a robust metaphysical position that is not only internally coherent, but shows great promise in addressing the mind-body problem. In this paper I will summarize some of my thinking on this. After first recapping elements of the mind-body debate, I will introduce and describe the position as a variant of panpsychism that I call ‘Perennial Idealism’, arguing that it does not fall prey to the explanatory gaps that plague its predecessors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhilosophers on Consciousness
Subtitle of host publicationTalking about the Mind
EditorsJack Symes
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-3501-9045-0
ISBN (Print)978-1-3501-9042-9, 978-1-3501-9041-2
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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