Philosophical Studies 173 (9):2353-2375 (2016)

Bradford Saad
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Though not myself a physicalist, I develop a new argument against antiphysicalist positions that are motivated by zombie arguments. I first identify four general features of phenomenal states that are candidates for non-physical types; these are used to generate different types of zombie. I distinguish two antiphysicalist positions: strict dualism, which posits exactly one general non-physical type, and pluralism, which posits more than one such type. It turns out that zombie arguments threaten strict dualism and some pluralist positions as much as they threaten physicalism—indeed, more so, since such positions need zombies to motivate them as alternatives to physicalism—and that the only pluralist position that escapes zombie arguments has a radically inflated ontology.
Keywords Consciousness  Physicalism  Zombies  Dualism  Conceivability
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-015-0618-7
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