Philosophical Topics 40 (2):155-177 (2012)

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Miguel Angel Sebastian
National Autonomous University of Mexico
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In having an experience one is aware of having it. Having an experience requires some form of access to one's own state, which distinguishes phenomenally conscious mental states from other kinds of mental states. Until very recently, Higher-Order (HO) theories were the only game in town aiming at offering a full-fledged account of this form of awareness within the analytical tradition. Independently of any objections that HO theories face, First/Same-Order (F/SO) theorists need to offer an account of such access to become a plausible alternative. My aim in this paper is twofold. In the first place, I wish to widen the logical space of the discussion among theories of consciousness by offering a distinction, orthogonal to that between F/SO and HO theories, between what I will call 'Self-Involving' (SI) and 'Mental-State-Involving' (MSI) theories and argue in favor of the former one. In the second place, I will present the basics of a characterization of such a Self-Involving theory in Same-Order terms.
Keywords Consciousness  Prereflective self consciousness  Self-Involving Representationalism  De Se Content  Higher-Order Theories  Proto-self
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ISBN(s) 0276-2080
DOI 10.5840/philtopics201240218
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