De se thoughts and conscious mind

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Theoria (Spain), ISSN: 2171-679X, Vol: 30, Issue: 1, Page: 117-136

Publication Year:
2015
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12137
DOI:
10.1387/theoria.11909
Author(s):
Javier Vidal
Publisher(s):
Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del PaĆ­s Vasco
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Arts and Humanities
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In this paper I develop a modified version of the higher-order thought theory of consciousness. I argue that a mental state is conscious when it is accompanied by an implicit de se thought. This new version is important because it can accomodate the objection that a higher-order thought which is the conclusion of a conscious inference is not able to make a state mental conscious. Also I argue that if introspection consists in one's having an explicit de se thought, the distinction between conscious mental states and mental states which are in addition introspected can be preserved.

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