• The Problem of the Rock and the Grammar of Consciousness

    Author(s):
    Lajos Brons (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Subject(s):
    Analytical philosophy
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Philosophy of Mind, Consciousness, Higher-Order Theories of Consciousness, Problem of the Rock
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6N19S
    Abstract:
    The “Problem of the Rock” (PoR) is a famous objection to Higher-Order (HO) theories of consciousness. According to PoR, the HO theorists’ claim that a mental state is conscious iff there is a higher-order mental state about it implies that a rock is also conscious iff there is a higher-order mental state about it. In this paper I show that this argument confuses two grammatically distinct attributions of consciousness, and that if the consequent equivocation fallacy is avoided, PoR is either a straw man argument or has an unproblematic conclusion.
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    Published
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