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Zombies and Consciousness

Robert Kirk

Abstract

By definition, zombies would be behaviourally and physically just like us, but not conscious. If a zombie world is possible, then physicalism is false. Just as importantly, the seductive conception of phenomenal consciousness embodied by the zombie idea is fundamentally misconceived. One of this book’s two main aims is to bring out the incoherence of the zombie idea with the help of an intuitively appealing argument (the ‘sole-pictures argument’). The other is to develop a fresh approach to understanding phenomenal consciousness by exploiting two key notions: that of a ‘basic package’ of capac ... More

Keywords: basic package, consciousness, direct activity, humble creatures, perception, physicalism, sole-pictures argument, zombies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199285488
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/0199285489.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Kirk, author
University of Nottingham

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