Husserl Studies

, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 19–43 | Cite as

Representation and Regress

  • Maiya JordanEmail author


I defend a Husserlian account of self-consciousness against representationalist accounts: higher-order representationalism and self-representationalism. Of these, self-representationalism is the harder to refute since, unlike higher-order representationalism, it does not incur a regress of self-conscious acts. However, it incurs a regress of intentional contents. I consider, and reject, five strategies for avoiding this regress of contents. I conclude that the regress is inherent to self-representationalism. I close by showing how this incoherence obtrudes in what must be the self-representationalist’s account of the phenomenology of experience.


Conscious State Proper Part Intentional Object Intentional Content Almond Tree 
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Thanks are due to the editors and to an anonymous referee for Husserl Studies. For their remarks on an earlier expression of these thoughts, thanks are due to Alia Al-Saji, Emily Carson, David Davies and Ian Gold.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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