Author: Natsoulas, Thomas
Affiliation: U California, Davis
Title: Basic problems of consciousness.
Source: Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, 1981 Jul, 1981. 41 (1): p.132-178Reference.
Language: English
Publication Type: Literature Review/Research Review
Subjects: Thesaurus terms: Consciousness States Imagination Introspection Literature Review General Topics: APA Journals
Added Keywords: basic problems of consciousness & introspection & imagination, literature review
Classification Code: Consciousness States (2380)
Population Terms: Human
Abstract: In the interests of (a) forestalling the historically familiar "solution" to the problem of consciousness; (b) showing that there are problems of consciousness, not just one, requiring the scientific attentions of psychologists; and (c) enlisting the energy and wisdom of psychologists and allied scientists in the effort to solve these problems, the present article reviews and discusses an array of problems of consciousness that have been recently introduced into the literature. They are the problems of conscious experience, intentionality, imagination, awareness, introspection, personal unity, the subject, "consciousness" (as more or less), the normal waking state, conscious behavior, and explicit consciousness. Each main section is devoted to one of these problems and focuses on one or a few authors who have addressed it. The article concludes with a brief section on the future of consciousness. (5 ref) ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)