Philosophy East and West 69 (1):130-142 (2019)

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Luca Gasparri
University of Zürich
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The combination of panpsychism and priority monism leads to priority cosmopsychism, the view that the consciousness of individual sentient creatures is derivative of an underlying cosmic consciousness. It has been suggested that contemporary priority cosmopsychism parallels central ideas in the Advaita Vedānta tradition. The paper offers a critical evaluation of this claim. It argues that the Advaitic account of consciousness cannot be characterized as an instance of priority cosmopsychism, points out the differences between the two views, and suggests an alternative positioning of the Advaitic canon within the contemporary debate on monism and panpsychism.
Keywords panpsychism  cosmopsychism  priority monism  advaita vedanta  indian philosophy
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DOI 10.1353/pew.2019.0002
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