Damian Aleksiev

Year of Enrollment: 
2016

My main philosophical interest is in the philosophy of mind, specifically in the metaphysics of consciousness.

In my thesis, I argue that physicalism, which is the most popular position in philosophy of mind today, is false. Moreover, I argue that panpsychism, which is a rising alternative to physicalism, is also false. I do this by using versions of the conceivability argument against both of these views. Nevertheless, although neither physicalism nor panpsychism can answer the problem of consciousness, I argue that the Russellian framework used by many panpsychists should not be rejected. I suggest that the Russellian framework in conjunction with a non-panpsychist theory of fundamental reality could be the way forward in solving the problem of consciousness.

Qualification

MA in Philosophy, Central European University
BA in Philosophy, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje