Unity between God and mind? A study on the relationship between panpsychism and pantheism

Joanna Leidenhag

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Abstract

A number of contemporary philosophers have suggested that the recent revival of interest in panpsychism within philosophy of mind could reinvigorate a pantheistic philosophy of religion. This project explores whether the combination and individuation problems, which have dominated recent scholarship within panpsychism, can aid the pantheist’s articulation a God/Universe Unity. Constitutive holistic panpsychism is seen to be the only type of panpsychism suited to aid pantheism in articulating this type of unity. There are currently no well-developed solutions to the individuation problem for this type of panpsychism. Moreover, the gestures towards a solution appear costly to the religious significance of pantheism. This article concludes that any hope that the contemporary panpsychism might aid pantheists in articulating Unity is premature and possibly misplaced.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-561
Number of pages14
JournalSophia
Volume58
Issue number4
Early online date9 Nov 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

Keywords

  • Pantheism
  • Panpsychism
  • Combination problem
  • Unity
  • Philosophy of mind

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