Misrepresentation and mental appearance


  • David Rosenthal


Higher-order theories of consciousness, Misrepresentation by consciousness, Mental quotation, Same-order theories, Mental appearance


I begin by discussing an objection often lodged against higher-order theories of consciousness. The objection is that those theories do not preclude consciousness from misrepresenting the mental properties of our conscious states. I argue that there are several reasons why this objection cannot succeed. Sam Coleman (2019) agrees that the objection fails, but sees it as pointing to a related objection, which he argues poses difficulties the higher-order theorist cannot avoid. His solution is a variant theory of consciousness that invokes mental quotation in the content of a higher-order awareness. I’ll argue that mental quotation cannot be understood in any way that helps with the objection. I’ll argue also that the objection Coleman articulates is question begging, since it in effect simply channels a first-order approach to consciousness, and has no independent basis apart from that.



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Biografia do Autor

David Rosenthal

Professor, Philosophy and Coordinator of Cognitive Science, Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY), New York, NY – United States of America.


28-12-2018 — Atualizado em 13-02-2023

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Rosenthal, D. (2023). Misrepresentation and mental appearance. TRANS/FORM/AÇÃO: Revista De Filosofia Da Unesp, 41(Special Issue), 49–74. Recuperado de https://revistas.marilia.unesp.br/index.php/transformacao/article/view/8350



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