Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Reina Hayaki - Chair
In contemporary philosophy of mind, the issue of consciousness has taken center stage. Broadly speaking, those who deal with consciousness fall into two camps: those who prioritize empirical work and those who favor conceptual investigation. One prominent argument has served to deepen the divide: the argument for the possibility of zombies. In this paper I intend to examine closely this argument, as it’s presented by David Chalmers, and some of the attempts to discredit it. In so doing, I present some of my own arguments against it, as well as the claim that if it’s sound, then materialism is false. Finally, I present a sketch of a new way of thinking about consciousness that would, I argue, guard against the threat—real or merely apparent—of arguments such as the zombie-argument.
Clifton, Walter Scott, "Ways to Skin the Zombie Cat: A Look at the Problems Associated with Chalmers's Zombie-Argument" (2006). Philosophy Theses. Paper 3.