Such assertions place him in the panpsychist
tradition that maintains the presence of spiritual mentality interfused with matter.
take the road less travelled as they focus on the 'mind as a naturalistic aspect of reality' and 'mind as fundamental to the nature of existence and being.
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.
Griffin is that rare creature, a panpsychist
(or "pan-experientialist" as he prefers to be called).
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.
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.
00--This book is both a survey of the history of panpsychist
ideas in the Western philosophical tradition, and an argument for taking panpsychism seriously as an alternative to familiar versions of materialism and dualism in contemporary metaphysics and philosophy of mind.
But in another sense I am merely apolypsychist, not a panpsychist
Also for Haldane, of course, intentionality is an irreducible property, but this does not bring him to accept either a panpsychist
understanding of matter or the dubious thesis that mental properties are added to inert matter in a way that Putnam would have called magic (see Haldane's seminal paper, which first appeared in Italian, "San Tommaso e Putnam: Realismo metafisico e realismo epistemologico," Intersezioni 8 : 171-88).
The metaphysics of relational creativity outlined here is not panpsychist