The Reflexive Nature of Consciousness

The Reflexive Nature of Consciousness

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Combining phenomenological insights from Brentano and Sartre, but also drawing on recent work on consciousness by analytic philosophers, this book defends the view that conscious states are reflexive, and necessarily so, i.e., that they have a built-in, a€œimplicita€ awareness of their own occurrence, such that the subject of a conscious state has an immediate, non-objectual acquaintance with it. As part of this investigation, the book also explores the relationship between reflexivity and the phenomenal, or a€œwhat-it-is-like, a€ dimension of conscious experience, defending the innovative thesis that phenomenal character is constituted by the implicit self-awareness built into every conscious state. This account stands in marked contrast to most influential extant theories of phenomenal character, including qualia theories, according to which phenomenal character is a matter of having phenomenal sensations, and representationalism, according to which phenomenal character is constituted by representational content. (Series A)The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Truck Driver. Analysis 63: 132a€”6. Malcolm, N. (1977). Thought and Knowledge. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. Malcolm, N. (1984). The Subjective Character of Experience. In Armstrong and Malcolmanbsp;...

Title:The Reflexive Nature of Consciousness
Author:Greg Janzen
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing - 2008-03-27


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