Author: Natsoulas, Thomas
Affiliation: U California, Davis, USA
Title: The concept of consciousness: The interpersonal meaning.
Source: Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 1991 Mar, 1991. 21 (1): p.63-89
Language: English
Subjects: Thesaurus terms: Consciousness States Interpersonal Interaction Concepts
Added Keywords: interpersonal meaning of concept of consciousness
Classification Code: Group & Interpersonal Processes (3020)
Population Terms: Human
Abstract: Examines the nontechnical concept of consciousness (COC) that J. Dewey (1906) called the social, or joint, use, and that T. Natsoulas has discussed 4 times previously (see PA, Vols 62:2877, 65:2359, 67:4962, and 70:9536) while exploring the 6 COCs. Consciousness always involves, as part of the process that goes on and constitutes the individual's being conscious, the individual's apprehension of someone else, real or fictional. The COC refers to a way in which 2 or more people are psychologically functioning with respect to each other. The segment of the world that the concept picks out is not a consciousness that proceeds in each of them. It is cognitive interpersonal relation that they constitute together by means of knowledge and occurrent awarenesses. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)