The inconceivability of zombies

Philosophical Studies 139 (1):73-89 (2008)

Abstract
If zombies were conceivable in the sense relevant to the ‘conceivability argument’ against physicalism, a certain epiphenomenalistic conception of consciousness—the ‘e-qualia story’—would also be conceivable. But the e-qualia story is not conceivable because it involves a contradiction. The non-physical ‘e-qualia’ supposedly involved could not perform cognitive processing, which would therefore have to be performed by physical processes; and these could not put anyone into ‘epistemic contact’ with e-qualia, contrary to the e-qualia story. Interactionism does not enable zombists to escape these conclusions
Keywords Zombies  Consciousness  Epiphenomenalism  Physicalism  Conceivability  Conceivability argument  Qualia  Mental causation  Privacy  Chalmers
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-007-9103-2
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