Philosophical Zombies Argument

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  • Created by: Elena.S
  • Created on: 14-02-17 15:19

What is a philosophical zombie? (3)

  • hypothetical being that is indistinguishable from a normal human being except that it lacks consciousness
  • used to explain that dualism is correct
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Philosophical Zombies argument (5)

  • if it is possible to think of a zombie lacking consciousness, it has the res extensa elements without res cognitans and so dualist theories of the body being made up of more than one property is correct
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Issues with Philosophical Zombies (5)

  • doesn't make sense unless one assumes the dualist position; philosophical zombies are identical to humans apart from lacking a soul therefore souls exists <- doesn't tell us anything
  • just bc one can imagine something existing doesn't mean it has to exist
  • arguments in favour seem to justify oppression for those considered soulless
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