Higher-Order Theories of Consciousness

[Revised entry by Peter Carruthers on August 29, 2016. Changes to: Bibliography] Higher-order theories of consciousness try to explain the distinctive properties of consciousness in terms of some
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[Revised entry by Peter Carruthers on August 29, 2016. Changes to: Bibliography] Higher-order theories of consciousness try to explain the distinctive properties of consciousness in terms of some relation obtaining between the conscious state in question and a higher-order representation of some sort (either a higher-order perception of that state, or a higher-order thought or belief about it). The most challenging properties to explain are those involved in phenomenal consciousness - the sort of state that has a subjective dimension, that has 'feel', or that it...

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