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      Philosophy and classic psychedelics: A review of some emerging themes

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      Journal of Psychedelic Studies
      Akadémiai Kiadó
      philosophy, psychedelics, self-consciousness, epistemology, ethics

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          Abstract

          Serotonergic (or “ classic”) psychedelics have struck many researchers as raising significant philosophical questions that, until recently, were largely unexplored by academic philosophers. This paper provides an overview of four emerging lines of research at the intersection of academic philosophy and psychedelic science that have gained considerable traction in the last decade: selfless consciousness, psychedelic epistemology, psychedelic ethics, and spiritual/religious naturalism. In this paper, we highlight philosophical questions concerning (i) psychedelics, self-consciousness, and phenomenal consciousness, (ii) the epistemic profile of the psychedelic experience; (iii) ethical concerns about the appropriate use of psychedelics; and (iv) whether spiritual or religious dimensions of psychedelic use are compatible with a naturalistic worldview.

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          Journal
          2054
          Journal of Psychedelic Studies
          JPS
          Akadémiai Kiadó (Budapest )
          2559-9283
          21 January 2022
          01 February 2022
          : 5
          : 3
          : 166-175
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Department of Philosophy, University of Western Australia , 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley WA 6009, Australia
          [2 ] Department of Philosophy, University of Adelaide , North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5005, Australia
          [3 ] Department of Philosophy, Rotman Institute of Philosophy, Western University, 7170 Western Interdisciplinary Research Building , 1151 Richmond St., London, Ontario, N6A 5B8, Canada
          Author notes
          [* ]Corresponding author. E-mail: chris.letheby@ 123456uwa.edu.au
          Author information
          https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6293-7873
          Article
          10.1556/2054.2021.00191
          7d59bceb-0abc-48e6-a695-b8755929a443
          © 2021 The Author(s)

          Open Access. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License ( https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium for non-commercial purposes, provided the original author and source are credited, a link to the CC License is provided, and changes – if any – are indicated.

          History
          : 28 July 2021
          : 21 September 2021
          : 05 December 2021
          Page count
          Equations: 0, References: 84, Pages: 10
          Funding
          Funded by: Australian Research Council’s Discovery Project
          Award ID: DP190101451
          Funded by: The Rotman Institute of Philosophy
          Funded by: Richard A. Harshman Scholarship

          Evolutionary Biology,Medicine,Psychology,Educational research & Statistics,Social & Behavioral Sciences
          epistemology,philosophy,psychedelics,ethics,self-consciousness

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