Author: Natsoulas, Thomas
Affiliation: U California, Davis, USA
Title: "This self of all the other selves": I.
Source: Imagination, Cognition & Personality, 1989-1990. 9 (4): p.335-354
Language: English
Subjects: Thesaurus terms: Conscious (Personality Factor) James (William) Self Concept
Added Keywords: discussion of W. James's "The Consciousness of Self"
Classification Code: Personality Traits & Processes (3120)
Population Terms: Human
Abstract: In thePrinciples of Psychology(1890), William James provided a lead with regard to which totality of mental-occurrence instances make up the person's conscious being (one of the common meanings of the word consciousness). This totality may amount to a certain kind of mental occurrence, the kind James called "the self of selves," "the central active self," and "the innermost sanctuary of our life" in his chapter "The Consciousness of Self." The character and nature of "this self of all the other selves" is discussed according to James's firsthand account of it. Replies to 6 objections brought by G. F. Stout (1896) against James's account of the self of selves are presented. These objections pertain mainly to Stout's dimension of "spontaneity," or activity. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)