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Subjective ConsciousnessA Self-Representational Theory$
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Uriah Kriegel

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199570355

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570355.001.0001

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A Self‐Representational Account of Subjective Character

A Self‐Representational Account of Subjective Character

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(p.101) 4 A Self‐Representational Account of Subjective Character
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Subjective Consciousness
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Uriah Kriegel (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570355.003.0004

This chapter develops and defends an account of subjective character, according to which a mental state has its subjective character in virtue of representing itself in the appropriate way. First Kriegel argues that a mental state has subjective character because its subject is aware of it, then that the subject is aware of it in virtue of representing it, and finally that the subject represents its conscious state in virtue of being in that very conscious state, which is thus self‐representing.

Keywords:   subjective character, acquaintance, self‐representationalism, higher‐order representationalism, the epistemic argument

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