Personhood, consciousness, and god: how to be a proper pantheist

In this paper I develop a theory of personhood which leaves open the possibility of construing the universe as a person. If successful, it removes one bar to endorsing pantheism. I do this by examining a rising school of thought on personhood, on which persons, or selves, are understood as identical...

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Published in:International journal for philosophy of religion
Main Author: Coleman, Sam
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Springer Science + Business Media B. V [2019]
In:International journal for philosophy of religion
Year: 2019, Volume: 85, Issue: 1, Pages: 77-98
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Consciousness / Person / Pantheism
Further subjects:B Panqualityism
B Pantheism
B Consciousness
B Panpsychism
B Russellian monism
B Panentheism
B Self
B Unconscious
B God
B Personhood
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Summary:In this paper I develop a theory of personhood which leaves open the possibility of construing the universe as a person. If successful, it removes one bar to endorsing pantheism. I do this by examining a rising school of thought on personhood, on which persons, or selves, are understood as identical to episodes of consciousness. Through a critique of this experiential approach to personhood, I develop a theory of self as constituted of qualitative mental contents, but where these contents are also capable of unconscious existence. On this theory, though we can be conscious of our selves, consciousness turns out to be inessential to personhood. This move, I then argue, provides resources for responding to the pantheist's problem of God's person.
ISSN:1572-8684
Contains:Enthalten in: International journal for philosophy of religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1007/s11153-018-9689-7