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JBphilo
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casebash
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Property dualism is the best theory of mind.

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casebash
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 1/1/2015 Category: Philosophy
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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JBphilo

Pro

Definition- Property Dualism: the philosophical position stating that although there is only one kind of substance, the material, that there are two kinds of properties: physical and mental. I believe this is the theory of mind with fewest pitfalls and therefore the best. CON will reject this notion and hopefully propose a better theory. May the best man win.
casebash

Con

Since Con hasn't started arguing yet, I won't make any arguments yet either. I just want to try to clarify this question as much as possible as debates tend to be better when both sides know exactly what they are debating.

I'd like Pro to try to further define Property Dualism. "There are two kinds of properties: physical and mental" is a good place to start, but I want to break it down more.

Firstly, do you accept philosophical zombies (http://en.wikipedia.org...) as something that must be at least theoretically possible in a world where Property Dualism is true? That is, can I fulful my burden of proof by showing that Philosophical Zombies can't even theoretically exist in our world?

Second, do you consider emergentism to be outside the definition of property dualism? Here emergentism is defined by the belief that conscious "emerges" simply if matter is configured corrently. Just as physical systems in the right configurations will behave in predictible ways, it is argued that conscious experience occurs simply if matter behaves in a way consistent with certain laws. Under this conception, matter is generally only considered to have one property.
Debate Round No. 1
JBphilo

Pro

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casebash

Con

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Debate Round No. 2
JBphilo

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JBphilo forfeited this round.
casebash

Con

My opponent seems to have surrendered this round too
Debate Round No. 3
JBphilo

Pro

JBphilo forfeited this round.
casebash

Con

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Debate Round No. 4
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro never makes arguments to affirm the resolution, so Con wins by default. Conduct points to Con for Pro's round forfeits.