Higher-order Theories of Consciousness: An Anthology

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Rocco J. Gennaro
John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 2004 - Psychology - 368 pages
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Higher-Order (HO) theories of consciousness have in common the idea that what makes a mental state conscious is that it is the object of some kind of higher-order representation. This volume presents fourteen previously unpublished essays both defending and criticizing this approach to the problem of consciousness. It is the first anthology devoted entirely to HO theories of consciousness. There are several kinds of HO theory, such as the HOT (higher-order thought) and HOP (higher-order perception) models, and each is discussed and debated. Part One contains essays by authors who defend some form of HO theory. Part Two includes papers by those who are critics of the HO approach. Some of the topics covered include animal consciousness, misrepresentation, the nature of pain, subvocal speech, subliminal perception, blindsight, the nature of emotion, the difference between perception and thought, first-order versus higher-order theories of consciousness, and the relationship between nonconscious and conscious mentality. (Series A)
 

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Contents

Zoltan Dienes
10
CHAPTER 2
17
CHAPTER 3
45
CHAPTER 4
67
The superiority of HOP to HOT
93
CHAPTER 6
115
A higher order syntactic thought HOST theory of consciousness
137
CHAPTER 8
173
CHAPTER 10
227
A cold look at HOT theory
255
CHAPTER 12
277
A few thoughts too many?
295
CHAPTER 14
315
CHAPTER 15
339
Index of names
363
5th Avenue rnvangulsyr
365

CHAPTER 9
203

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Rocco J. Gennaro is Professor and Department Chair of Philosophy at the University of Southern Indiana and the author of "The Consciousness Paradox: Consciousness, Concepts, and Higher-Order Thoughts "(MIT Press).

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