Author: Natsoulas, Thomas
Affiliation: U California, Psychology Dept, Davis, USA
Title: The stream of consciousness: VIII. James's ejective consciousness (First Part).
Source: Imagination, Cognition & Personality, 1994-1995. 14 (4): p.333-352
Language: English
Subjects: Thesaurus terms: Consciousness States James (William) Philosophies
Added Keywords: ejective consciousness as 2nd stream of consciousness in theoretical concepts of W. James
Classification Code: Consciousness StatesPhilosophy (2380) (2630)
Population Terms: Human
Abstract: Discusses the stream of consciousness with reference to W. James' book, 'The principles of psychology' (1890). James' concept of 'ejective' consciousness has been focused upon. During certain altered states, mental occurrence instances take place that are not part of the individual's original stream of consciousness. Usually, these mental-occurrence instances comprise a second stream of consciousness, which, according to James, is no less conscious and personal than the original stream. However, the durational components of the second stream are distinct from non-conscious mental occurrences. Whereas James argues against the existence of nonconsciousness mental occurrences, of which there can be no inner awareness, he acknowledges a second stream of consciousness of which the first stream can only have inferential knowledge, and vice versa. Both streams include inner awareness of their own basic durational components. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)