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

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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.
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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages19
JournalSophia
VolumeFirst Online
Early online date9 Nov 2018
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Nov 2018

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

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