A dilemma for higher-order theories of consciousness

Philosophia 38 (1):143-156 (2010)

Abstract
Higher Order theories of consciousness have their fair share of sympathisers, but the arguments mustered in their support are—to my mind—unduly persuasive. My aim in this paper is to show that Higher Order theories cannot accommodate the possibility of misrepresentation without either falling into contradiction, or collapsing into a First-Order theory. If this diagnosis is on the right track, then Higher Order theories—at least in the specific versions here considered—fail to give an account of what they set out to explain: what is distinctive of ‘conscious’ phenomena.
Keywords Consciousness  Higher-order
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DOI 10.1007/s11406-009-9190-8
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