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Rosenthal, D.M. (2009). Concepts and definitions of consciousness

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Journal
Methodology and History of Psychology. 2009. Volume 4. Issue 3
Section
Problem of Consciousness
Pages
55-75
Type
Scientific article
Title
Concepts and definitions of consciousness
Authors
Rosenthal, David M.
Abstract
The term "consciousness" is used to describe three distinct phenomena: 1) indication of the condition of the people and other creatures when they are awake and respond to sensory stimulation (creature consciousness); 2) understanding or awareness of something (transient or transitive consciousness); 3) the properties of mental states (state consciousness). Being interconnected, these phenomena differ from each other, and it is important to distinguish them conceptually and theoretically. The first-order theories of consciousness, the global-workspace theories and higher-order theories are examined. Theories are illustrated by meaningful examples.
Keywords
  • creature consciousness
  • transitive consciousness
  • consciousness
  • mental attittude
  • first-order theories
  • principle transitivity
  • global-workspace theories
  • higher-order theories
  • blindsight
  • subliminal perception
  • higher-order thoughts
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To cite this article
Rosenthal, D.M. (2009). Concepts and definitions of consciousness. Methodology and History of Psychology, 4(3), 55-75.

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