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Rocco J. Gennaro

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016605

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016605.001.0001

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From HOT Theory to the Wide Intrinsicality View

From HOT Theory to the Wide Intrinsicality View

(p.55) 4 From HOT Theory to the Wide Intrinsicality View
The Consciousness Paradox

Rocco J. Gennaro

The MIT Press

This chapter defends a modified version of the HOT theory referred to here as the wide intrinsicality view (WIV). In contrast to the HOT theory, The WIV states that although what makes mental states conscious is intrinsic to conscious states, an inner relational element is also present within the structure of such states. The chapter starts with an introduction to a seemingly false dilemma invoked by Rosenthal, followed by some initial rationale for favoring the WIV over his version of HOT theory. The three most serious objections to the standard HOT theory are addressed here, namely, the problem of misrepresentation, the problem of the rock, and the hard problem of consciousness. This chapter shows how the WIV can address these problems, specifically the problems of misrepresentation and of the rock. For the final problem, it is shown that either version of the HOT theory is a better solution.

Keywords:   wide intrinsicality view, WIV, HOT theory, false dilemma, Rosenthal, problem of misrepresentation, problem of the rock, hard problem of consciousness

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