Thursday, April 20, 2006

Thank You Galen Strawson

[Updated 16 March 2009: Broken link. Strawson has a new home page here; but the link to his paper below is unfortunately gone. A revised version of the paper with commentary and Strawson's replies are collected in this book (actually a special edition of the Journal of Consciousness Studies.]

Hat tip goes to this post by Justin. Galen Strawson's new paper persuasively makes the straightforward argument:

1. Experience is a fundamental part of the world.
2. Emergence of experience from wholly non-experiential parts is incoherent.
3. From 1 and 2, panexperientialism is entailed.

Better yet, he does this an a very entertaining style -- sort of like your grouchy uncle who has run out of patience with impertinent nonsense (if said uncle was also an excellent philosopher).


Anonymous said...

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We may have a common interest.

Steve said...

Thanks for stopping by. I will return the favor and take a look.

MikeS said...

Wow, Galen Strawson produces another humdinger, thanks for the link. I think the lad is outshining his illustrious dad. I have a daily ritual whereupon I spitupon the name of Ernest Gellner -I'm sure you can figure out why.