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Dr Philip Goff

Associate Professor/Deputy Director of Phil MA/Tutor Manager

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Associate Professor/Deputy Director of Phil MA/Tutor Manager in the Department of Philosophy +44 (0) 191 33 46556



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Tuesday & Thursday: 4-5

Friday: 3-4

About me

My main research project is trying to work out how consciousness fits into our overall theory of reality. I argue that the traditional approaches of materialism (consciousness can be explained in terms of physical processes in the brain) and dualism (consciousness is separate from the body and brain) face insuperable difficulties. On the basis of this I defend a form of panpsychism, the view that consciousness is a fundamental and ubiquitous feature of the physical world. It sounds a bit crazy, but I try to show that it avoids the difficulties faced by its rivals .

My first academic book, Consciousness and Fundamental Reality (Oxford University Press), was published last year and my first book aimed at a general audience, Galileo's Error: Foundations for a New Science of Consciousness (Rider in UK, Pantheon in US), will be published in November 2019.

You can access more of my pubilcations, and my articles for a general audience, on my website:


Authored book

  • (2019). Galileo's Error: Foundations for a New Science of Consciousness. Rider in UK, Pantheon in US.
  • Goff, Philip (2017). Consciousness and Fundamental Reality. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • Goff, P. (2017). Panpsychism.