Author: Natsoulas, Thomas
Affiliation: U California, Davis
Title: Concerning the unity of consciousness: II. William James on personal conscious unity.
Source: Imagination, Cognition & Personality, 1985-1986. 5 (1): p.21-30Reference.
Language: English
Subjects: Thesaurus terms: Consciousness States Psychologists Theories General Topics: Mental Health Personnel
Added Keywords: personal unity of consciousness theory of W. James
Classification Code: Consciousness States (2380)
Population Terms: Human
Abstract: In continuation of the author's (see record 1985-16485-001) discussion of the unity of consciousness, W. James's (1890 [1981]) theory of personal conscious unity is discussed. According to James, every component of the stream is cognitive or possesses the function of knowledge. The reflective constituent, the objective stream, and the unifying factor of the stream of consciousness are considered. It is concluded that personal conscious unity, the existence of a human being of a unified realm of conscious awareness over time, depends on one's appropriation of the segments of the stream. (20 ref) ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)