Project Title

Two Sides of the Same Coin: Panpsychism as a Solution to the Mind-Body Problem

Presenter Information

Andrew CoyleFollow

Presenter Hometown

Mount Sterling, Kentucky

Major

Philosophy and Political Science

Department

Philosophy and Religion

Degree

Undergraduate

Mentor

Dr. Minh Nguyen and Dr. Steve Parchment

Mentor Department

Philosophy and Religion

Abstract

In his Meditations on First Philosophy, René Descartes set the framework for the Mind-Body problem in philosophy. Descartes suggested that humans are composed of two distinct substances: a physical, non-thinking Body, and a non-physical, thinking Mind. This view is called substance dualism. The Mind-Body problem is this: if humans are indeed composed of two distinct substances, how could the substances interact? In this poster, I provide an answer to this question: all of reality is not two distinct substances, but one substance that is both mental and physical. This view is called panpsychism. In this poster, I present a history of the Mind-Body Problem and defend the position that panpsychism is the best solution to it.

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Two Sides of the Same Coin: Panpsychism as a Solution to the Mind-Body Problem

In his Meditations on First Philosophy, René Descartes set the framework for the Mind-Body problem in philosophy. Descartes suggested that humans are composed of two distinct substances: a physical, non-thinking Body, and a non-physical, thinking Mind. This view is called substance dualism. The Mind-Body problem is this: if humans are indeed composed of two distinct substances, how could the substances interact? In this poster, I provide an answer to this question: all of reality is not two distinct substances, but one substance that is both mental and physical. This view is called panpsychism. In this poster, I present a history of the Mind-Body Problem and defend the position that panpsychism is the best solution to it.