The HOROR Theory of Phenomenal Consciousness

Philosophical Studies 172 (7):1783-1794 (2015)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
One popular approach to theorizing about phenomenal consciousness has been to connect it to representations of a certain kind. Representational theories of consciousness can be further sub-divided into first-order and higher-order theories. Higher-order theories are often interpreted as invoking a special relation between the first-order state and the higher-order state. However there is another way to interpret higher-order theories that rejects this relational requirement. On this alternative view phenomenal consciousness consists in having suitable higher-order representations. I call this ‘HOROR’ (‘Higher-Order Representation Of a Representation’) theory to distinguish it from relational versions of higher- order theory. In this paper I make the case that HOROR theory is a plausible account of the real nature of phenomenal consciousness whatever one’s views are about whether it is physical/reducible or not. I first clarify HOROR theory and compare it to the more traditional same-order and higher-order thought theories. Afterwards I move to presenting some considerations in favor of HOROR theory.
Reprint years
2015
PhilPapers/Archive ID
BROTNO-9
Revision history
First archival date: 2013-09-03
Latest version: 8 (2014-09-17)
View upload history
References found in this work BETA

View all 38 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Understanding the Higher-Order Approach to Consciousness.Brown, Richard; Lau, Hakwan & LeDoux, Joseph

View all 10 citations / Add more citations

Added to PP index
2013-09-03

Total views
1,019 ( #1,827 of 40,688 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
158 ( #2,431 of 40,688 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.