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Self-Representationalism and Phenomenology

Uriah Kriegel
Philosophical Studies: An International Journal for Philosophy in the Analytic Tradition
Vol. 143, No. 3 (Apr., 2009), pp. 357-381
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27734410
Page Count: 25
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Self-Representationalism and Phenomenology
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Abstract

To a first approximation, self-representationalism is the view that a mental state M is phenomenally conscious just in case M represents itself in the appropriate way. Proponents of self-representationalism seem to think that the phenomenology of ordinary conscious experience is on their side, but opponents seem to think the opposite. In this paper, I consider the phenomenological merits and demerits of self-representationalism. I argue that there is phenomenological evidence in favor of self-representationalism, and rather more confidently, that there is no phenomenological evidence against self-representationalism.

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