Category Archives: Philosophy

Blogging the Book, 4: Composite Subjectivity and the Panpsychic Universe

My fourth and final post at Brains is up: “So let’s circle back to the combination problem for panpsychism, that got me on this topic in the first place. Despite reading and writing a lot about it, I’m still never … Continue reading

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Blogging the Book, 3: Composite Subjectivity and Psychological Conflict

Third post over at Brains: “In the last post we took physical systems (organisms, brains, solar systems) that contained each other as parts, and asked which were conscious. But some philosophers think this is misguided from the get-go…“

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Blogging the Book, 2: Composite Subjectivity and Functional Structure

My second post at the Brains Blog: “Consider a contrast. The solar system contains my brain as a part; my brain is conscious; the solar system is not conscious… That’s enough to show that having conscious parts is not enough, … Continue reading

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Blogging the Book, 1: Why Think About Composite Subjectivity?

This week I’ll be posting about Combining Minds over at the Brains Blog: “Combining Minds aims to persuade you that minds can indeed combine. But first, we need to work out what that claim even means and why you might … Continue reading

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My book is out!

So, Combining Minds ships today from OUP New York; it will be available from other locations in the next few months. More information on it is, of course, available in the ‘Combining Minds‘ tab up there, so let me say here … Continue reading

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Death and the Dispersal of Matter

The new year is an appropriate time to meditate on death. 😦 And one month before the publication of my book is an appropriate time to talk about its relevance for whatever I’m meditating on! 🙂 So here’s a discussion … Continue reading

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Philosophy and Masturbation: Anatomy of a Metaphor

Marx famously claimed that “philosophy stands in the same relation to the study of the actual world as masturbation to sexual love.” People have occasionally made similar remarks to me in the past, usually disparaging a particular type of philosophy, … Continue reading

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Is Life Ultimately Futile?

The question that idiots always ask when they learn you’re a philosopher is “so what’s the meaning of life?” This question is probably unanswerable, and that’s probably because it’s not a real question, or at least not a single real … Continue reading

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Positive Liberty, Inner Slavery, and the Wrong Sort of Rationalism

There’s an idea, pronounced in the history of (western) philosophy and present, though perhaps less pronounced, in popular culture, that a person can be ‘internally enslaved’, i.e. can fail to be fully free not because of external constraints but because … Continue reading

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The Fixity of the Future

Not been posting very often recently, as you may have noticed. This may well continue, who knows? For now I will throw up something I found banging around my hard-drive from ages ago. It’s not very original or sophisticated, but … Continue reading

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