Author: Natsoulas, Thomas
Affiliation: U California, Dept of Psychology, Davis, CA, USA
Title: The stream of consciousness: XVIII.Introducing the state-appropriative acts.
Source: Imagination, Cognition & Personality, 1998-1999. 18 (2): p.133-152Reference.
Language: English
Subjects: Thesaurus terms: Behavior Consciousness States James (William)
Added Keywords: W. James' theory of stream of consciousness & state- appropriative acts
Classification Code: Consciousness States (2380)
Population Terms: Human
Abstract: From within the stream of consciousness, according to William James, there take place very frequently acts of "appropriation" to oneself of other basic durational components of the stream. Some components are thus "owned," but some are "disowned"; also, "assent" is bestowed on the contents of some states of consciousness, whereas others may be rejected as false or unacceptable. At one point, James suggests that every state of consciousness belonging to one's stream of consciousness is an appropriation to oneself, otherwise, the stream would not hang together as a single mental whole. This article explicates the latter thesis and raises certain objections to it, while acquainting the reader with James's account of the state-appropriative acts. Also addressed here is a "parenthetical digression" that occurs as James introduces the state-appropriative acts: He is strongly attracted by the view, which he sets aside for the present, that no state of consciousness provides unmediated awareness of any other state of consciousness. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)