Author: Natsoulas, Thomas
Affiliation: U California, Dept of Psychology, Davis, CA, USA
Title: The stream of consciousness: XIX. James's concept of appropriation.
Source: Imagination, Cognition & Personality, 1998-1999. 18 (3): p.221-240Reference.
Language: English
Subjects: Thesaurus terms: Behavior Consciousness States James (William) Theories
Added Keywords: James's concepts of appropriation & state-appropriative acts as basic durational component of stream of consciousness
Classification Code: Consciousness States (2380)
Population Terms: Human
Abstract: The immediately preceding installment in the present series of articles on James's stream of consciousness (see record 1999-13802-004) is an introduction to one kind of basic durational component of the stream--those states of consciousness the author called the "state- appropriative acts" (SAAs). This article continues to pursue an understanding of the SAAs by inquiring into James's concept of appropriation, which refers to one of the main functions that the SAAs are proposed uniquely to perform. These states of consciousness turn around upon the stream itself, and often appropriate and identify with, the states of consciousness that they mentally apprehend firsthand in an intimate way. The SAAs have, perforce, a partially outward direction to the body. James theorized that a SAA lacks awareness of itself beyond, at most, acquaintance with itself and, therefore, it cannot self-appropriate. Also discussed are further dimensions of state-appropriation, including its occurrence by means of remembrance, as well as the indirect, inherited kind of appropriation from the last SAA in the same stream--this James invokes to explain the sense of personal identity without positing an ego. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)