The merits of higher-order thought theories


  • Sam Coleman


Consciousness, Higher-order thought, Mental quotation, Misrepresentation, Acquaintance


Over many years and in many publications David Rosenthal has developed, defended and applied his justly well-known higher-order thought theory of consciousness. In this paper I explain the theory, then provide a brief history of a major objection to it. I suggest that this objection is ultimately ineffectual, but that behind it lies a reason to look beyond Rosenthal’s theory to another sort of HOT theory. I then offer my own HOT theory as a suitable alternative, before concluding in a final section.


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Biografia do Autor

Sam Coleman

Reader in Philosophy, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield – United Kingdom.


28-01-2019 — Atualizado em 13-02-2023

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Coleman, S. (2023). The merits of higher-order thought theories. TRANS/FORM/AÇÃO: Revista De Filosofia Da Unesp, 41(Special Issue), 31–48. Recuperado de



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