The World as Consciousness

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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
EditorsJack Symes
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

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