Mind Stuffed with Red Herrings: Why William James’ Critique of the Mind-Stuff Theory Does not Substantiate a Combination Problem for Panpsychism [Book Review]
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Acta Analytica 25 (4):413-434 (2010)
There is a famous passage in chapter six of James’ Principles of Psychology whose import, many believe, deals a devastating blow to the explanatory aspirations of panpsychism. In the present paper I take a close look at James’ argument, as well as at the claim that it underlies a powerful critique of panpsychism. Apart from the fact that the argument was never aimed at panpsychism as such, I show that it rests on highly problematic assumptions which, if followed to their logical consequences, are just as inedible to contemporary critics of panpsychism as they are to its present-day supporters. Hence, a naïve employment of the argument, as a critique leveled by physicalists against panpsychism, is counterproductive and even self-defeating. After examining the metaphysical shortcomings undermining James’ position , I conclude with some reflections on what needs to be done in order to obtain a better perspective regarding the explanatory prospects of panpsychism as an alternative approach to mainstream physicalism in the study of conscious phenomena
|Keywords||Philosophy Philosophy of Mind Epistemology Metaphysics Logic Philosophy|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
William James (1890/1981). The Principles of Psychology. Dover Publications.
Stuart A. Kauffman (2000). Investigations. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
David J. Chalmers (1995). Facing Up to the Problem of Consciousness. Journal of Consciousness Studies 2 (3):200-19.
Francisco J. Varela (1979). Principles of Biological Autonomy. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
Stuart A. Kauffman (1995). At Home in the Universe the Search for Laws of Self-Organization and Complexity. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
Citations of this work BETA
Sam Coleman (2012). Mental Chemistry: Combination for Panpsychists. Dialectica 66 (1):137-166.
Similar books and articles
Georg Franck (2008). Presence and Reality: An Option to Specify Panpsychism ? Mind and Matter 6 (1):123-140.
D. S. Clarke (2003). Panpsychism and the Religious Attitude. State University of New York Press.
Gregory Nixon (2009). Skrbina's *Mind That Abides: Panpsychism in the New Millennium*. [REVIEW] Journal of Consciousness Studies 16 (9):116-121.
Peter Carruthers & Elizabeth Schechter (2006). Can Panpsychism Bridge the Explanatory Gap? Journal of Consciousness Studies 13 (10-11):32-39.
David Skrbina (ed.) (2009). Mind That Abides. Panpsychism in the New Millennium. John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Pierfrancesco Basile (2009). Back to Whitehead? Galen Strawson and the Rediscovery of Panpsychism. In David Skrbina (ed.), Mind that Abides. Panpsychism in the new millennium. John Benjamins Publishing Company
Sami Pihlström (2007). Panpsychism—a Neglected Jamesian Alternative? Journal of Philosophical Research 32:319-347.
Added to index2010-05-07
Total downloads79 ( #52,023 of 1,793,278 )
Recent downloads (6 months)7 ( #118,939 of 1,793,278 )
How can I increase my downloads?