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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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FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford BBC World Service International radio partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner 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 Head of Zeus The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Italian Cultural Institute HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture British Academy BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner Earthwatch Europe Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Jill Dunsmore George Warren New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Jesus College St Hilda’s College St John’s College St John's College The Queen’s College The Queen's College Exeter College Exeter College Hertford College Keble College Keble College Oxford Brookes University The Feathers Hotel Said Business School University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Princeton University Press Felicity Bryan Associates University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Conference Oxford Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Oxford University Press Floris of London Critchleys City Audio Visual Eynsham Hall Macdonald Bear Hotel Sloane Club Ashmolean Museum British Humanist Association The Story Museum Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Liaison Financial Services History of War All About History Steer Oxford Botanic Garden