Psychophysical Harmony: A New Argument for Theism

Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion (forthcoming)
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Abstract

This paper develops a new argument from consciousness to theism: the argument from psychophysical harmony. Roughly, psychophysical harmony consists in the fact that phenomenal states are correlated with physical states and with one another in strikingly fortunate ways. For example, phenomenal states are correlated with behavior and functioning that is justified or rationalized by those very phenomenal states, and phenomenal states are correlated with verbal reports and judgments that are made true by those very phenomenal states. We argue that psychophysical harmony is strong evidence for theism (or, at least, strong evidence against atheism in its standard naturalistic form).

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Brian Cutter
University of Notre Dame
Dustin Crummett
University of Notre Dame

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