Authors: Paul Bernier
This article discusses the two principal theories of Consciousness representationalism: the Representational theory of consciousness (RTC) and the Higher-order approach to consciousness (HOAC). It underscores some important problems of the RTC and argues that the HOAC is faced with an intolerable infinite regress. It proposes a modified version of the HOAC, namely the Self-Representational theory of consciousness (SRTC), as a way to overcome the infinite regress. Finally, it argues in support of a particular interpretation of the SRTC according to which the (self)-representational content of a conscious state is a de re proposition.
Keywords: Consciousness, representation, higher-order theories of consciousness, self-representation