Author: Natsoulas, Thomas
Affiliation: U California, Psychology Dept, Davis, CA, USA
Title: Consciousness and self-awareness: Part I. Consciousness-sub-1, consciousness-sub-2, and consciousness-sub-3.
Source: Journal of Mind & Behavior, 1997 Win, 1997. 18 (1): p.53-74 Reference.
Language: English
Subjects: Thesaurus terms: Consciousness States Self Perception
Added Keywords: involvement of self awareness in kinds of consciousness
Classification Code: Consciousness States (2380)
Abstract: Addresses whether self-awareness is involved in each of 6 kinds of consciousness. This article inquires whether self-awareness enters consciousness-sub-1: a cognitive relation between people in which they have joint and mutual cognizance; consciousness-sub-2: a psychological process of conceiving of oneself on a firsthand evidentiary basis; and consciousness-sub-3: being occurrently aware of anything at all, including nonexistent particulars. An instance of consciousness-sub-1 may or may not have a reflexive object, but it will include both inner awareness and awareness of oneself as an object of the other's awareness. Consciousness-sub-2 requires self-awareness in the forms of (1) witnessing potential evidence about oneself, (2) inner awareness of this witnessing when it occurred, (3) inner awareness and self-awareness as involved in remembering having witnessed, (4) occurrent awareness of features of one's character, and (5) bringing self-witnessed evidence to bear in judging the latter. In contrast, consciousness-sub-3 need not involve any self-awareness at all. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)