Hibbert, Benjamin James (2022) From quarks to cognition: in pursuit of a complete micropsychist theory of consciousness. Doctoral thesis, Keele University.

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Abstract

Despite having received a recent resurgence of interest, Panpsychism remains a worldview afflicted by various explanatory shortfalls. Chiefly, the literature is yet to provide a ‘proper’ panpsychist theory of consciousness with the potential to explain precisely how we have transitioned from a myriad of rudimentary, entropic instantiations of phenomenality to unified and bounded macro-level conscious subjects replete with an awareness of their ontology. This work recognises this particular shortfall and attempts to remedy it by offering a ‘complete micropsychist theory of consciousness’ that is capable of overcoming the various iterations of the combination problem, and explaining how the sort of minimal phenomenality associated with bottom-level physical entities might be reconciled with the sort of cognitive phenomenology we undergo as higher-level subjects, by advancing a new take on the nature of what a phenomenal property is that might very well lead us to both reanalyse our understanding of the natural world and rethink our own nature.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Political and Global Studies
Contributors: Allen, SR (Thesis advisor)
Depositing User: Lisa Bailey
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2022 14:14
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2022 14:14
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/11063

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