Author: Natsoulas, Thomas
Affiliation: U California, Davis, USA
Title: The six basic concepts of consciousness and William James's stream of thought.
Source: Imagination, Cognition & Personality, 1986-1987. 6 (4): p.289-319
Language: English
Subjects: Thesaurus terms: Awareness Philosophies
Added Keywords: basic concepts of W. James's concept of stream of consciousness
Classification Code: Consciousness States (2380)
Population Terms: Human
Abstract: Discusses W. James's (1890) concept of stream of consciousness (CON) in terms of interpersonal, personal, cognitive, reflective, unitive, and general state meanings of CON taken from a standard dictionary. It is suggested that the integrated use of common terms for CON may alleviate conceptual difficulties experienced by psychologists in discussing this concept. It is argued that James's characterization of stream of awareness was based on the perspective of the observer. D. O. Hebb's (1974) claim that James was not an introspective psychologist is disputed. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)