Free Will and the Hard Problem: A Panpsychist Solution


  • Dr. Chen Wei Center for Applied Ethics, Shanghai University, China Author


Free Will, Consciousness, Panpsychism, Hard Problem, Subjective Experience, Determinism, Agency, Philosophy of Mind, Neuroscience


The discourse on free will and consciousness has been a longstanding conundrum in philosophy and neuroscience, posing the 'hard problem' of explaining subjective experience and the nature of consciousness. This article delves into the intersection of these perplexing domains, offering a comprehensive analysis of the panpsychist solution as a framework for understanding the relationship between free will and the hard problem of consciousness. By exploring the tenets of panpsychism and its implications for reconciling the apparent dichotomy between deterministic causality and subjective agency, this paper aims to illuminate the potential resolution it offers for these fundamental philosophical inquiries.