Theories of Consciousness as Reflexivity

Peters, Dr Frederic (2013) Theories of Consciousness as Reflexivity. [Journal (On-line/Unpaginated)]

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Consciousness is best understood in context, as one element of an interactive waking state in which the greater part of cognitive processing takes place in a nonconscious fashion. But if conscious and nonconscious processing are combined in the waking state, what distinguishes the former form the latter, what is consciousness, and what is its purpose? The answer to the second question depends crucially on our conclusion regarding the first. What is the property in virtue of which a state is conscious rather than nonconscious? In the following, it will be argued that of the answers most frequently proposed—intentionality, subjectivity, accessibility, reflexivity—only the final characteristic, reflexive, autonoetic awareness, is unique to the conscious state. Reflexivity can best be explained not as the product of a self-representational data structure, but as the expression of a recursive processing regime, in which cognition registers the properties of the processing state to a greater extent than properties of the content represented. And the principal characteristic of a reflexive processing state is cognitive reflexivity or autonoetic awareness

Item Type:Journal (On-line/Unpaginated)
Subjects:Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
ID Code:9195
Deposited By: Peters, Dr. Frederic H.
Deposited On:25 Feb 2014 12:51
Last Modified:02 May 2014 11:52


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