The mental lives of zombies

Philosophical Perspectives 26 (1):343-372 (2012)
Abstract
Could there be a cognitive zombie – that is, a creature with the capacity for cognition, but no capacity for consciousness? Searle argues that there cannot be a cognitive zombie because there cannot be an intentional zombie: on this view, there is a connection between consciousness and cognition that is derived from a more fundamental connection between consciousness and intentionality. However, I argue that there are good empirical reasons for rejecting the proposed connection between consciousness and intentionality. Instead, I argue that there is a connection between consciousness and cognition that is derived from a more fundamental connection between consciousness and rationality. On this view, there cannot be a cognitive zombie because there cannot be a rational zombie.
Keywords consciousness  cognition  zombies  rationality  intentionality  functionalism  belief  subdoxastic state
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DOI 10.1111/phpe.12013
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