Panpsychism: The Philosophy of the Sensuous Cosmos

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John Hunt Publishing, Aug 26, 2011 - Philosophy - 226 pages
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Materialism asserts that the universe and everything within it, including ourselves, is a deterministic machine, trapped until the end of time on the rigid tracks of inviolable laws. Only the mechanisms of physics - forces, electrical charges, and so on - are consequential; nothing else matters. Experiences, such as the taste of honey, feelings, thoughts, choices: everything concerning the mind is an illusion, or is at best a useless and absurd epiphenomenon. This accessible and engagingly-written book is a serious philosophical work, giving solid reasons for rejecting materialism, and proposing an alternative metaphysical framework that is fully consistent with science. In the sensuous cosmos, our essence is that we experience the world in all its exquisite, sensual beauty and unbearable suffering.
 

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Contents

Material World
1
Consciousness
14
Science and consciousness
27
Schrödingers cat
41
Existence
53
Critiquing physicalism
66
Idealist Panpsychism
79
Mind body and world
92
Quantum Mind
126
The parable of the plate
136
Free will
148
Dennett on suffering
154
Dining out
160
Mindbody causation
167
A human person
175
Sensuous Cosmos
184

Causal relationships among the classical hard sciences
107
Résumé
119
The hard problem revisited
198
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