(14) Corabi notes that it could be argued that setting aside panpsychist
hypotheses in his paper could be an inappropriate assumption as James himself was a panpsychist
, However, Corabi contends that this is addressed by the fact that James's reasons for endorsing panpsychism have no connection with the evolutionary argument and the two can be treated independently; Corabi, 'The misuse and failure of the evolutionary argument', footnote 18, pp.
Such assertions place him in the panpsychist
tradition that maintains the presence of spiritual mentality interfused with matter.
He offers a defense of panpsychist
idealism, differing from other panpsychists
in his notions of the Absolute, time, and the nature of the Unconscious.
For the purposes of discussion here, however, I can only say that the panpsychist
view I assume does not commit one to the implausible view that stones feel, only to the claim that there is some degree of self-motion in the microscopic constituents of the stone.
What is unexplained is why what may be termed pan-energism--according to which to be is to be a form of energy--is fundamentally different from panpsychism, of which the book says the following: "if we follow the panpsychist
we know what matter is!
Griffin is that rare creature, a panpsychist
(or "pan-experientialist" as he prefers to be called).
While the viewpoint is arguably panpsychist
, in that it argues that there is a transcendent Awareness underling moments of quantum measurement in the brain, it conversely suggests that much of our experience can be explained by classical psychological/neural models, as rather humdrum modulations of carrier waves that are no more magical than radio.
In contrast, James's conception of a "pluralistic-melioristic" universe, (38) which he eventually conceived in panpsychist
terms, (39) weds ontological pluralism to a set of religious commitments that go beyond an each-form view of the world.
Thus, I can accept the panpsychist
thesis that mindedness is no special case only on emergentist grounds: it is because emergence is the emergence of aliens that mindedness is not a special case.
PATRICK LEWTAS, "Elementalism: A Panpsychist
Solution to the Mind-Body Problem." Advisers: Eric Lormand and Jessica Wilson.
The reformed subjectivism that is advocated works within a panpsychist
worldview: according to Kant, subjects bring objects into phenomenality; according to Whitehead, past subjects bring contemporary subjects into existence.