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From an Ontological Point of View$
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John Heil

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199259748

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199259747.001.0001

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Zombies

Zombies

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(p.240) Chapter 20 Zombies
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From an Ontological Point of View
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John Heil (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/0199259747.003.0020

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

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