Author: Natsoulas, Thomas
Affiliation: U California, Psychology Dept, Davis, USA
Title: The stream of consciousness: IV. Adolf Gruenbaum's atomicity.
Source: Imagination, Cognition & Personality, 1993-1994. 13 (3): p.229-247
Language: English
Subjects: Thesaurus terms: Consciousness States Individuality Awareness Theories
Added Keywords: A. Grunbaum's atomicity of stream of consciousness, individuation & predication & I. Miller's theories of temporal awareness
Classification Code: Consciousness States (2380)
Population Terms: Human
Abstract: Discusses A. Gruenbaum's (1967) case for the atomicity of the stream of consciousness as part of a series (see PA, Vols 80:8397 and 81:497 and 12842) concerning the nature of William James's (1910) concept. Gruenbaum held that all temporal awareness relative to present physical or mental events is due to conceptualized awareness, not possibly due to perceptual experience per se. I. Miller (1984) argued against this, suggesting that such conceptualized awareness, being a matter of judgment, requires rather than explains temporal awareness. It is suggested that Gruenbaum can deflect this objection if he assumes that individuation precedes predication but continues to take place, along with predication. Strict succession of individuation and prediction may imply an infinite regress. Perceptual individuation must occur in a different way than Miller held, perhaps not involving temporal awareness. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)