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Mon, 12 Oct

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Senate House, London WC1B, UK

Uriah Kriegel (Rice) Consciousness and the Good Life

Time & Location

12 Oct 2020, 16:00 – 17:00

Senate House, London WC1B, UK

Abstract

There is a  strong intuition that a zombie’s life is never good or bad for the  zombie. This suggests a link between consciousness and the good life.  What, if anything, explains this apparent link? In this paper, I  consider five possible explanations of this link, plus the option of  rejecting the intuition that a zombie’s life is never worth living. I  point out the considerable costs of each option, and although one of the  putative explanations strikes me as somewhat less problematic than the  others, I conclude that we do have something of a puzzle on our hands  regarding the link between consciousness and the good life.

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