Unsnarling the World-Knot
282 Pages

Unsnarling the World-Knot


282 Pages


The mind-body problem, which Schopenhauer called the "world-knot," has been a central problem for philosophy since the time of Descartes. Among realists--those who accept the reality of the physical world--the two dominant approaches have been dualism and materialism, but there is a growing consensus that, if we are ever to understand how mind and body are related, a radically new approach is required.
David Ray Griffin develops a third form of realism, one that resolves the basic problem (common to dualism and materialism) of the continued acceptance of the Cartesian view of matter. In dialogue with various philosophers, including Dennett, Kim, McGinn, Nagel, Seager, Searle, and Strawson, Griffin shows that materialist physicalism is even more problematic than dualism. He proposes instead a panexperientialist physicalism grounded in the process philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead. Answering those who have rejected "panpsychism" as obviously absurd, Griffin argues compellingly that panexperientialism, by taking experience and spontaneity as fully natural, can finally provide a naturalistic account of the emergence of consciousness--an account that also does justice to the freedom we all suppose in practice.



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Wipf and Stock Publishers 199 W 8th Ave, Suite 3 Eugene, OR 97401 Unsnarling the World-Knot Consciousness, Freedom, and the Mind-Body Problem By Griffin, David Ray Copyright©1998 by Griffin, David Ray ISBN 13: 978-1-55635-755-8 ISBN 10: 1-55635-755-9 Publication date 12/4/2007 Previously published by University of California Press, 1998