Derivatives and consciousness

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Many philosophers of physics think that physical rates of change, like velocity or acceleration in classical physics, are extrinsic. Many philosophers of mind think that phenomenal properties, which characterize what it’s like to be an agent at a time, are intrinsic. I will argue that these two views can’t both be true. Given that these two views are in tension, we face an explanatory challenge. Why should there be any interesting connection between these physical quantities and consciousness in the first place? In a speculative spirit, I close by developing a panpsychist view which promises to explain this connection in a particularly satisfying way.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-103
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Consciousness Studies
Issue number9-10
StatePublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Artificial Intelligence


  • Intrinsic properties
  • Metaphysics of consciousness
  • Panpsychism
  • Phenomenal powers
  • Rates of change


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