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Creativity in Process Panpsychist Panentheism and the Mind
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Studies in Faith and Ideologies, Philosophy of Religion.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6018-429x
(English)In: Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences, ISSN 2195-9773, E-ISSN 2197-2834Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

In Whiteheadian panentheism, the underlying metaphysics is often a form of process panpsychism in which creativity is understood as an ‘ultimate’. In this paper I develop the thought that creativity by the ‘reversed panentheistic analogy’, as suggested by Philip Clayton, in combination with the doctrine of Imago Dei, is reflected in the world in general and specifically in the human mind. In a first step, I describe Whiteheadian process panpsychism as a metaphysics in which both creativity and mentality go ‘all the way down’, and argue that a process panpsychist ontology is a reasonable position for panentheists in general. Next, by applying the panentheistic analogy in reverse, together with the doctrine of Imago Dei, the inherent pan-creativity, panpsychism, and with support from scientific research on the human mind, I argue that the process of the human mind, which ultimately results in consciousness and self-consciousness, should be understood both as a creative activity and a re-creation of the world. As a consequence, I suggest that attempts to create artificial consciousness may profit from research in this direction.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-395707OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-395707DiVA, id: diva2:1365012
Available from: 2019-10-23 Created: 2019-10-23 Last updated: 2019-10-24Bibliographically approved

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