Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Continuing Commentary
Ned Block (1995). On a confusion about a function of consciousness. BBS 18:227–287.

Phenomenal consciousness and what it's like

David M. Rosenthal a1
a1 Ph.D. Program in Philosophy and Concentration in Cognitive Science, City University of New York, Graduate School, New York, NY 10036-8099


Even if A-consciousness and P-consciousness were conceptually distinct, it is no fallacy for researchers relying on a suitable theory to infer one from the other. But P-consciousness conceptually implies A-consciousness – unless one or the other is mere ersatz consciousness. And we can best explain mental states' being conscious, in any intuitively natural sense, by appeal to higher-order thoughts.