Philosophical Studies

, Volume 172, Issue 7, pp 1833–1846 | Cite as

What panpsychists should reject: on the incompatibility of panpsychism and organizational invariantism

  • Miguel Ángel Sebastián


Some philosophers, like David Chalmers, have either shown their sympathy for, or explicitly endorsed, the following two principles: Panpsychism—roughly the thesis that the mind is ubiquitous throughout the universe—and Organizational Invariantism—the principle that holds that two systems with the same (sufficiently) fine-grained functional organization will have qualitatively identical experiences. The purpose of this paper is to show the tension between the arguments that back up both principles. This tension should lead, or so I will argue, defenders of one of the principles to give up on the other.


Panpsychism Russellian Monism Organizational Invariantism Conceivability Consciousness Chalmers 



I am deeply grateful to Axel Barceló, David Chalmers, Miguel Ángel Fernández, Eduardo García- Ramirez, Ekain Garmendia and Erick Llamas for useful discussion and comments on this paper. This paper was presented in the 5th Consciousness Online Conference (CO5) and at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Unidad Iztapalapa. I am very grateful to the audience of these events, and very especially to Richard Brown, David Chalmers, Philipp Goff, Hedda Hassel, Jorge Ornelas, Adam Pautz and Jonathan Simon for their detailed and thoughtful comments and discussion. Financial support for this work was provided by Conacyt (research project 166502), and the postdoctoral fellowship program in the UNAM.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Instituto de Investigaciones FilosóficasUNAMMexico CityMexico

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