The Merits of Higher-Order Thought Theories

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-48
Number of pages18
JournalTransformação: Revista de Filosofia
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 28 Dec 2018


  • Consciousness, higher-order thought, David Rosenthal, quotational-higher-order thought theory, physicalism


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