Can a Post-Galilean Science of Consciousness Avoid Substance Dualism?

Weir, Ralph (2021) Can a Post-Galilean Science of Consciousness Avoid Substance Dualism? Journal of Consciousness Studies . ISSN 1355-8250

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Abstract

n Galileo's Error, Philip Goff sets out a manifesto for a post-Galilean science of consciousness. Article four of the manifesto reads: 'Anti-Dualism: Consciousness is not separate from the physical world; rather consciousness is located in the intrinsic nature of the physical world.' I argue that there is an important sense of ‘dualism’ in which Goff’s arguments are not only compatible with but entail dualism, and not only dualism but substance dualism. Substance dualism, in the sense I have in mind, is the view that (i) there are two sides to reality, a fundamentally mental side and a fundamentally nonmental side; and (ii) the fundamentally mental side consists of mental substances resembling Cartesian souls. I do not suggest that this is bad news for post-Galilean science of consciousness. My aim is rather to push for a certain view about what a theory of consciousness motivated by Goff’s arguments must look like.

Keywords:consciousness, science, panpsychism, dualism
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V560 Mental Philosophy
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V500 Philosophy
Divisions:College of Arts
ID Code:45881
Deposited On:27 Aug 2021 11:56

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