Author: Natsoulas, Thomas
Affiliation: U California, Dept of Psychology, Davis, CA, USA
Title: The stream of consciousness: XIII: Bodily self-awareness and Aron Gurwitsch's margin.
Source: Imagination, Cognition & Personality, 1997. 16 (3): p.281-300Reference.
Language: English
Subjects: Thesaurus terms: Body Awareness Consciousness States James (William) Self Perception
Added Keywords: role of bodily self awareness in stream of consciousness, conception of W. James vs A. Gurwitsch
Classification Code: Consciousness States (2380)
Abstract: According to William James, bodily self-awareness (bodily feeling) is pervasive throughout the stream of consciousness; such awareness is included in each and every pulse of mentality that makes up the stream of consciousness. This installment of the present series of articles considered the role that bodily self-awareness plays in the very structure of the basic durational components of James's stream. The focus in this aritcle is on an account of this role that the prominent phenomenologist Aron Gurwitsch proferred. Gurwitsch held that pervasive bodily self-awareness belongs to the margin of consciousness; such bodily self-awareness occurs in the form of distinct acts of awareness possessing a separate content from that of the central thematic process which also characterizes every pulse of consciousness. Gurwitsch's account is discussed to set up a contrast with James's more phenomenologically integrated conception of pervasive bodily self-awareness. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)