Author: Natsoulas, Thomas
Affiliation: U California, Davis, USA
Title: The stream of consciousness: I. William James's pulses.
Source: Imagination, Cognition & Personality, 1992-1993. 12 (1): p.3-21
Language: English
Subjects: Thesaurus terms: Conscious (Personality Factor) Consciousness States James (William)
Added Keywords: W. James's conception of stream of consciousness
Classification Code: Consciousness States (2380)
Population Terms: Human
Abstract: Argues that W. James's (1890) famous stream of consciousness, as he addressed it inThe Principles of Psychology,is not after all analogous to a stream or river of water, but rather it consists of a succession of discrete instances or states of consciousness. Already in 1890, James had implicitly arrived at his later explicit conception of consciousness as made up of individual "drops" or "pulses." A case is made for the discrete structure of consciousness, according to James inThe Principles,by discussing 2 main topics: (1) the relation that James postulated between consciousness and the underlying brain process; and (2) his understanding of how we are aware directly of our own instances of consciousness. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)