How can the world be grounded in universal consciousness? Miri Albahari (Philosophy, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Western Australia Australia) PL9
I will explore the possibility that universal consciousness exists as the boundless and non-dual ground of all being, along the lines specified in the Advaita Vedanta tradition and known by some as the 'Perennial Philosophy'. In so doing I develop a model, called Perennial Idealism, which attempts to make sense of how the world as it appears to us could arise from such consciousness. Universal non-dual (hence aperspectival) consciousness is the substratum. Out of this arise subjects. Subjects are first-person perspectives that are framed by multi-modal imagery. The imagery is the experiential tapestry of seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, tasting, thinking and feeling: the entirety of the phenomenal world as it presents itself to the perspective of a given subject. Such imagery, while framing the perspective of a subject, is simultaneously the outward registration of other subjects. These subjects in turn register us as various multi-modal imagery. I will seek to account for various facets of our world, including its law-like regularity, in terms of interconnecting subjects that arise from universal consciousness.