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Zombies

John Heil

in From an Ontological Point of View

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780199259748
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597657 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199259747.003.0020
 Zombies

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The possibility of zombies (creatures like us physically, but lacking conscious experiences) is seen to depend on a substantive thesis about powers and qualities: powers and qualities are contingently related. Earlier arguments provided grounds to challenge this thesis, however, hence to shed doubt on the possibility of zombies.

Keywords: D. J. Chalmers; consciousness; contingent; disposition; functionalism; law; ontology; power; quality; supervenience; zombie

Chapter.  3765 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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