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Panpsychism and Neutral Monism: How to Make Up One's Mind

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPanpsychism: Contemporary Perspectives
EditorsGodehard Bruntrup, Ludwig Jaskolla
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages34
ISBN (Print)9780199359943
Publication statusPublished - 3 Nov 2016

Publication series

NamePhilosophy of Mind Series
PublisherOxford University Press


With reference to Chalmers's taxonomy of combination problems, I argue that while the subject combination problem reveals panpsychism as ultimately theoretically unmotivated, a rival neutral monist/panprotopsychist theory known as 'panqualityism' is much better placed to solve Chalmers's combination problems. In the final section I defend panqualityism against Chalmers's objection that it fails because of the possibility of 'awareness zombies'. I conclude that, in view of the advantages panpsychism and panqualityism share with respect to more mainstream theories of mind, panqualityism is our best hope for solving the problem of consciousness.


This material was originally published in Panpsychism: Contemporary Perspectives edited by Godehard Bruntrup and Ludwig Jaskolla, and has been reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press and Under embargo until 3 November 2018. For permission to reuse this material, please visit Sam Coleman, ‘Panpsychism and Neutral Monism: How to Make Up One's Mind’, in Godehard Bruntrup and Ludwig Jaskolla, eds. Panpsychism: Contemporary Perspectives (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016), ISBN: 9780199359943 © Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.

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