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Consciousness and Fundamental Reality
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Consciousness and Fundamental Reality

Philip Goff

Abstract

A core philosophical project is the attempt to uncover the fundamental nature of reality, the limited set of facts upon which all other facts depend. Perhaps the most popular theory of fundamental reality in contemporary analytic philosophy is physicalism: the view that the world is fundamentally physical in nature. The first half of this book argues that physicalist views cannot account for the evident reality of conscious experience and hence that physicalism cannot be true. However, the book also tries to show that familiar arguments to this conclusion—Frank Jackson’s form of the knowledge ... More

Keywords: consciousness, physicalism, Russellian monism, panpsychism, combination problem, grounding, fundamentality, knowledge argument, zombies, mind–body problem

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190677015
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190677015.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Goff, author
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Central European University