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The Oxford Debates: Is Consciousness Everywhere?

Philip Goff and David Papineau Chaired by Stephen Law

Monday, 1 April 2019

12:00pm

1 hour

Oxford Martin School: Lecture Theatre

£8 - £13.50

Philosopher and consciousness researcher Philip Goff and philosophy professor David Papineau debate the nature of consciousness and whether it is actually all around us not just between our ears.

We are conscious beings. We have many conscious experiences – from the taste of a cup of coffee, to seeing a beautiful red sunset, to feeling elated, or depressed. But what is consciousness? What has science revealed about consciousness? Are your conscious experiences something physical – such as brain states or processes? Or is consciousness something non-physical – perhaps residing in some sort of immaterial soul? Goff and Papineau explore the puzzle of consciousness and look particularly at a radical view defended by Goff – panpsychism: the view that consciousness is actually everywhere in the universe, and not just between our ears.

Goff is a philosopher and consciousness researcher at Durham University. He is author of Consciousness and Fundamental Reality and has recently finished a book aimed at a general audience, Galileo’s Error: A New Science of Consciousness.

Papineau is professor of philosophy at King’s College London. He is the author of nine books, including Introducing Consciousness, Thinking about Consciousness, and Knowing the Score.

Discussions are chaired by Dr Stephen Law, philosopher, editor of The Royal Institute of Philosophy Journal Think – Philosophy for Everyone and author of The Philosophy Gym and The Complete Philosophy Files.

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BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford FT Weekend Title partner New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 10th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Macdonald Bear Hotel Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Eynsham Hall Sloane Club British Humanist Association The Story Museum Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Steer Oxford Botanic Garden