Dennett, zombie and zimbo

My message to the everything-list:

http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list/t/f11145f9bfa0769d

Trying to remember where I have seen the statement about Dennett, I have made search on Google.

Two findings (both are not my source though):

1) Is Daniel Dennett a zombie?

Discussion on ephilosopher.com where the question, I believe is close to the statement that I have seen.

“This is not completely serious, but is the crux of my question. It bothers me that his and other reductionist theories of consciousness are completely denying any phenomenology. It doesn’t sit well with me because I am pretty convinced that I have one. Now, Dennett would be the first to say that it just ‘seems’ to me that I have a phenomenology but that is the point isn’t it? If it seems to me then I have it. How can anyone think otherwise?? Are theere real zombies out there and is Dennett one of them?”

http://www.ephilosopher.com/philosophy-forums/metaphysics-and-epistemology/is-daniel-dennett-a-zombie?/

2) COULD DANIEL DENNETT BE A ZOMBIE? by Mike Kearns

“Could Daniel Dennett be a zombie?
The way he tells it, you’d almost have to say yes. For he has been kind to zombies in his recent writings.”

www.kearnsianthoughts.com/articles/DennettZombie_Mike_Kearns.pdf

Dennett by himself seems to deny this:

THE UNIMAGINED PREPOSTEROUSNESS OF ZOMBIES
Daniel C. Dennett
SYMPOSIUM ON ‘CONVERSATIONS WITH ZOMBIES
eripsa.org/files/dennett%20zombies.pdf

Interestingly enough, Dennett has invented a zimbo:

“I introduced the category of a zimbo, by definition a zombie equipped for higher-order reflective informational states (e.g., beliefs about its other beliefs and its other zombic states).”

Hence he could be not a zombie but a zimbo.


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