Philosophers Zone - 10 September 2011 - Zombies and consciousness

Zombies have been enjoying a bit of a revival, lately (though perhaps ‘enjoy’, which implies inner consciousness, is not the word we want here). The Hollywood zombie is a revenge-seeking corpse with a fervent hunger for human flesh, the traditional Haitian zombie is a kind of robotic slave but the philosophical zombie is a hypothetical figure: a creature like us in every respect but with no inner life. So what does the zombie have to teach us about the nature of human consciousness?
David Chalmers
Professor – School of Philosophy
Australian National University

Further Information:
David Chalmers - personal homepage –

David Chalmers - university homepage –

Zombies - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy –

David Chalmers Sings "The Zombie Blues" (Youtube) –

Zombies on the web - compiled by David Chalmers –

Online papers on consciousness - compiled by David Chalmers –

All in the Mind on zombies and consciousness - 2002 –

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