Timothy L.S. Sprigge

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Timothy L.S. Sprigge (1932- ) is a British idealist philosopher who has spent most of his career at the University of Edinburgh. Long concerned with the nature of experience and the relation between mind and reality, Sprigge was the philosopher who first posed the question made famous by Thomas Nagel: "What is it like to be a bat?"

The author of The Vindication of Absolute Idealism (1984), Sprigge defends a panpsychist version of absolute idealism according to which reality consists of bits of experience combined into a certain kind of coherent whole. His work presents several new arguments in favor of the plausibility of such an account.

Also a defender of animal rights, he espouses a broadly utilitarian ethic (which he defends in The Rational Foundation of Ethics).

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