Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Durham University

I am a philosopher and consciousness researcher at Durham University, UK. My research focuses on how to integrate consciousness into our scientific worldview.

My first academic book, Consciousness and Fundamental Reality (Oxford University Press), was published in 2017 and my first book aimed at a general audience, Galileo's Error: Foundations for a New Science of Consciousness (Rider in UK, Pantheon in US), will be published in November 2019. It is available here https://www.amazon.co.uk/Galileos-Error-Foundations-Science-Consciousness/dp/1846046017/

I argue that the traditional approaches of materialism (consciousness can be explained in terms of physical processes in the brain) and dualism (consciousness is separate from the body and brain) face insuperable difficulties. On the basis of this I defend a form of panpsychism, the view that consciousness is a fundamental and ubiquitous feature of the physical world. It sounds a bit crazy, but I try to show that it avoids the difficulties faced by its rivals.

Twitter: @philip_goff
Website: www.philipgoffphilosophy.com

Experience

  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Durham University

Education

  • 2006 
    Reading University, PhD Philosophy