The zombie argument against physicalism
The first half of my book Consciousness and Fundamental Reality is spent arguing physicalist theories cannot account for consciousness. Here is a 20 minute lecture in which I explain a well known argument for this (obviously I go into a lot more detail in the book).
Russellian Monism: A Solution to the Hard Problem of COnsciousness
The second half of my book Consciousness and Fundamental Reality is spent exploring and defending an alternative to physicalism that has become known as 'Russellian monism'. In this 30 minute lecture I outline the basic idea.
Towards a 'post-Galilean' paradigm
This presentation was part of a 7 day conference cruise of Greenland, organised by Dmitry Volkov and Daniel Dennett. In it I explain my 'big picture' view of how we should go about trying to find out what reality is like.
Thoughts on panpsychism
These videos are from a 2011 conference on panpsychism in Munich, organised by Godehard Bruntrup. The conference resulted in this 2016 Oxford Unviersity Press volume on panpsychism.
A neo-Cartesian approach to metaphysics
What role should common sense play in metaphysics?
Panpsychism versus panprotopsychism
Science & Consiousness
This is 20 minute talk I gave as part of a plenary panel at the 'Towards a Science of Consciousness' conference in Arizona in 2012. The first half is a good introduction to my 'big picture' of the relationship between consciousness, science, and philosophy. The second half is a bonkers view I tried for six months to defend and then gave up on.
The panel consisted of three short talks followed by this discussion among the speakers:
Physicalism and the mind-body problem
David Papineau (KCL) and I have been philosophical enemies/friends/collaborators for the last ten years. We have polar opposite views - I am a panpsychist and he is a physicalist - but we have developed our views in discussion with each other. Here we discuss and debate our different views for 'Philosophy TV'.