Toward a Science of Consciousness

2012 Pre-Conference Workshop

4 hour workshop

Toward a Science of Consciousness

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

Pre-Conference Workshop

Tuesday April 10 - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Philosophical Theories of Consciousness

                               Uriah Kriegel                                        Joshua Weisberg 



This workshop will survey current approaches to consciousness in Western philosophy.

It will focus on seven approaches:

(1) mysterianism

(2) dualism

(3) neutral monism

(4) functionalism

(5) representationalism

(6) higher-order theory

(7) self-representationalism

With each approach, we will present in order

(i) the leading account of consciousness along its line

(ii) the case for the approach

(iii) the case against the approach

An interactive discussion of the merits and demerits of each approach will follow the presentation of these three aspects.

The specific accounts we will include David Chalmers’ dualism, Daniel Dennett’s functionalism, and David Rosenthal’s higher-order theory. The purpose of the tutorial is not to issue a final verdict on any approach, but rather to get a clearer picture of the logical geography of the issue and of the logical interconnections between the various theoretical approaches.





Uriah Kriegel is associate professor of philosophy and cognitive science, and associate director of the Center for Consciousness
Science, at the University of Arizona. He is the author of Subjective Consciousness: A Self-Representational Theory (Oxford, 2009) and The Sources of Intentionality (Oxford, 2011).


Josh Weisberg is an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Houston. He received his PhD from CUNY, where he wrote on consciousness with David Rosenthal.  His research focuses on philosophical theories of consciousness, in particular the HOT theory.   He has published in a range of journals, including Analysis, Philosophical Studies, Philosophical Psychology, and the Journal of Consciousness Studies.