Why? The Purpose of the Universe
Philip Goff, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Durham University
Philip Goff's main research focus is consciousness, but he is interested in many questions about the nature of reality. He is most known for defending panpsychism, the view that consciousness is a fundamental and ubiquitous feature of the physical world. On this theme, he has authored an academic book and a book aimed at a general audience. He has also published 48 academic articles as well as writing extensively for newspapers and magazines, including Scientific American, The Guardian, Aeon and the Times Literary Supplement. The interview with him by Pulitzer Prize winning author Gareth Cook was one of the most viewed articles in Scientific American of 2020.