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The Consciousness Paradox: Consciousness, Concepts, and Higher-Order Thoughts

Rocco J. Gennaro


Consciousness is arguably the most important area within contemporary philosophy of mind and perhaps the most puzzling aspect of the world. Despite an explosion of research from philosophers, psychologists, and scientists, attempts to explain consciousness in neurophysiological, or even cognitive, terms are often met with great resistance. This book aims to solve an underlying paradox, namely, how it is possible to hold a number of seemingly inconsistent views, including higher-order thought (HOT) theory, conceptualism, infant and animal consciousness, concept acquisition, and what the book ca ... More

Keywords: consciousness, philosophy of mind, higher-order thought, conceptualism, animal consciousness, concept acquisition, HOT-brain thesis, wide intrinsicality view, self-representationalism, first-order representationalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262016605
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262016605.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rocco J. Gennaro, author