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Summary Higher-order perception theories of consciousness appeal to a perception-like higher-order state to explain the awareness which makes it the case that one is in a conscious mental state
Key works For a classic defense see: Lycan 2004
Introductions The same paper also serves as an introduction: Lycan 2004
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  1. Susan Brower-Toland (2014). William Ockham on the Scope and Limits of Consciousness. Vivarium 52:197-219.
    Ockham holds what nowadays would be characterized as a “higher-order perception” theory of consciousness. Among the most common objections to such a theory is the charge that it gives rise to an infinite regress in higher-order states. In this paper, I examine Ockham’s various responses to the regress problem, focusing in particular on his attempts to restrict the scope of consciousness so as to avoid it. In his earlier writings, Ockham holds that we are conscious only of those states to (...)
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  2. Ted Everett (2014/2015). Other Minds and the Origins of Consciousness. Anthropology and Philosophy 11.
    Why are we conscious? What does consciousness enable us to do that cannot be done by zombies in the dark? This paper argues that introspective consciousness probably co-evolved as a "spandrel" along with our more useful ability to represent the mental states of other people. The first part of the paper defines and motivates a conception of consciousness as a kind of "double vision" – the perception of how things seem to us as well as what they are – along (...)
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  3. Maxime Julien (2015). Franz Brentano Était-Il Cartésien ? L’Interprétation D’Ordre Supérieur de la Psychologie Descriptive. Bulletin d'Analyse Phénoménologique 11.
    Dans son ouvrage Consciousness and Mind, David Rosenthal propose une interprétation originale de la psychologie descriptive de Brentano qui mène directement à une théorie d’ordre supérieur de la con- science. Rosenthal défend lui-même une version particulière de théorie d’ordre supérieur, selon laquelle, un état mental est « conscient » s’il est accompagné par une pensée distincte qui le représente. Dans cette théorie fonctionnaliste de l’esprit, la conscience est une relation intentionnelle entre deux états d’ordre ou de niveau différent. La question (...)
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  4. William G. Lycan (2004). The Superiority of Hop to HOT. In Rocco J. Gennaro (ed.), Higher-Order Theories of Consciousness: An Anthology. John Benjamins. 93–114.
  5. William G. Lycan (1995). Consciousness as Internal Monitoring. Philosophical Perspectives 9:1-14.
    Locke put forward the theory of consciousness as "internal Sense" or "reflection"; Kant made it inner sense, by means of which the mind intuits itself or its inner state." On that theory, consciousness is a perception-like second-order representing of our own psychological states events. The term "consciousness," of course, has many distinct uses.
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  6. W. Sauret & W. G. Lycan (2014). Attention and Internal Monitoring: A Farewell to HOP. Analysis 74 (3):363-370.