Consciousness and its function

Document Type: 
ASSC Conference Item
Article Type: 
Theoretical
Disciplines: 
Philosophy
Topics: 
Theory of Consciousness
Keywords: 
HOT, consciousness, functionality, intentionality, evolutionary pressure
Deposited by: 
ASSC Eprints chair
Date of Issue: 
2007
Authors: 
David Rosenthal
Event Location: 
Las Vegas, USA
Event Title: 
11th annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness
Event Type: 
ASSC Conference
Presentation Type: 
Speech
Refereed: 
No
Number of Pages: 
29
Abstract: 
The higher-order states in virtue of which intentional states are conscious have no essential tie to rational thinking, intentional action, executive function, or the correcting of multistep chains of reasoning. But we can - independently of any such functionality and of evolutionary selection pressures - explain why those higher-order states do very often occur.
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