ISBN: 9780262341523 | 384 pp. | September 2017

Panpsychism in the West

In Panpsychism in the West, the first comprehensive study of the subject, David Skrbina argues for the importance of panpsychism—the theory that mind exists, in some form, in all living and nonliving things—in consideration of the nature of consciousness and mind. Panpsychism, with its conception of mind as a general phenomenon of nature, uniquely links being and mind. More than a theory of mind, it is a meta-theory—a statement about theories of mind rather than a theory in itself. Panpsychism can parallel almost every current theory of mind; it simply holds that, no matter how one conceives of mind, such mind applies to all things. After a brief discussion of general issues surrounding philosophy of mind, Skrbina examines the panpsychist views of philosophers from the pre-Socratics to the post-structuralists.
The original edition of Panpsychism in the West helped to reinvigorate a neglected and important aspect of philosophic thinking. This revised edition offers expanded and updated material that reflects the growth of panpsychism as a subdiscipline. It covers the problem of emergence of mind from a non-mental reality and the combination problem in greater detail. It offers expanded coverage of the pre-Socratics and Plato; a new section on Augustine; expanded discussions of Continental panpsychism, scientific arguments, Nietzsche, and Whitehead; and a new section on Russellian monism. With this edition, Panpsychism in the West will be continue to be the standard work on the topic.

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgments
  2. 1. Panpsychism and the Ontology of Mind
  3. 2. Ancient Origins
  4. 3. Developments in the Renaissance: Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Europe
  5. 4. Continental Panpsychism of the Eighteenth Century
  6. 5. Panpsychism, Mechanism, and Science in Nineteenth-Century Germany
  7. 6. The Anglo-American Perspective
  8. 7. Panpsychism in the Years 1900-1950
  9. 8. Scientific Perspectives
  10. 9. Panpsychism from 1950 to the Present
  11. 10. Toward a Panpsychist Worldview
  12. Bibliography
  13. Index