DOI of original article: 10.1016/j.concog.2011.05.004 Reply to commentaies on Dow, J.M. (2012). Self-consciousness and concepts. Consciousness and Cognition, 21,723-724; Musholt, K. (2012). Concepts or metacognition – What is the issue? Commentary on Stephane Savanah’s ‘‘The concept possession hypothesis of self-consciousness’’, Consciousness and Cognition,21, 725-726. This article is part of a special issue of this journal on Standing on the Verge: Lessons and Limits from the Empirical study of Consciousness.