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On the intrinsic nature of states of consciousness: Further considerations in the light of James’s conception

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Abstract:

How are the states of consciousness intrinsically so that they all qualify as “feelings” in William James’s generic sense? Only a small, propaedeutic part of what is required to address the intrinsic nature of such states can be accomplished here. I restrict my topic mainly to a certain characteristic that belongs to each of those pulses of mentality that successively make up James’s stream of consciousness. Certain statements of James’s are intended to pick out the variable “width” belonging to a stream of consciousness as it flows. Attention to this proposed property brings me to a discussion of (a) the unitary character of each of the states of consciousness however complex they may frequently be and (b) how to conceive of their complexity without recourse to a misleading spatial metaphor.

Keywords: consciousness; ego; feeling; intentionality; self; stream of consciousness; unconscious

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/ce.1.1.08nat

Affiliations: University of California, Davis

Publication date: 2000-09-01

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