Author: Natsoulas, Thomas
Affiliation: U California, Dept of Psychology, Davis, USA
Title: On the distinction between the object and content of consciousness.
Source: Journal of Mind & Behavior, 1994 Sum, 1994. 15 (3): p.239-264
Language: English
Subjects: Thesaurus terms: Awareness Cognitions Consciousness States
Added Keywords: distinction between objects & contents of pulses of consciousness & mental apprehension
Classification Code: Consciousness States (2380)
Population Terms: Human
Abstract: Discusses the distinction between objects and contents of pulses of consciousness. The objects of pulses of consciousness are whatever the pulses mentally apprehend. Their contents are the particular ways in which they mentally apprehend their objects. It is argued that (1) not all pulses of consciousness have objects, (2) centaurs can be neither objects nor contents of consciousness since they do not exist, and (3) some hallucinations whose objects are not physically present have objects anyway, such as a long lost relative or a historical figure. Four other views are considered and rejected, views proposing a consciousness without content, a consciousness without objects, a consciousness of phenomenal items in a phenomenal environment, and a consciousness that systematically mistakes its constructed "objects" for their external counterparts. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)