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Philip Goff

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Durham University

Philip Goff is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Durham University. Goff’s main research focus is consciousness, but he is interested in many questions about the nature of reality. Goff is most known for defending panpsychism, the view that consciousness is a fundamental and ubiquitous feature of the physical world.

Goff has authored an academic book with Oxford University Press – 'Consciousness and Fundamental Reality' – and a book aimed at a general audience – 'Galileo's Error: Foundations for a New Science of Consciousness.' His new book 'Why? The Purpose of the Universe,' argues that the universe has a purpose, and will be published by Oxford University Press in November 2023. Goff has published 48 academic articles as well as writing extensively for newspapers and magazines, including Scientific American, The Guardian, Aeon and the Times Literary Supplement. The interview with Goff by Pulitzer Prize winning author Gareth Cook was one of the most viewed of the most viewed articles in Scientific American of 2020. Goff has appeared on many high-profile podcasts, including the Joe Rogan Experience and Lex Fridman's podcast.

Twitter: @philip_goff


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Durham University


  • 2006 
    Reading University, PhD Philosophy