The higher order approach to consciousness is defunct

Analysis 71 (3):419 - 431 (2011)

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Ned Block
New York University
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The higher order approach to consciousness attempts to build a theory of consciousness from the insight that a conscious state is one that the subject is conscious of. There is a well-known objection1 to the higher order approach, a version of which is fatal. Proponents of the higher order approach have realized that the objection is significant. They have dealt with it via what David Rosenthal calls a “retreat” (2005b, p. 179) but that retreat fails to solve the problem.
Keywords HOT  consciousness  misrepresentation
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DOI 10.1093/analys/anr037
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