Phenomenological Reviews

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The being of consciousness

Ian R Owen

pp. 113-141


This chapter focuses on solo consciousness in abstraction from others in order to define consciousness "in general" or "overall". The chapter catalogues definitions with the purpose that they can be used in interpreting real instances and merely possible situations, for one consciousness or two or more in a social connection. The sequence begins with two orientating conclusions that there are four universal aspects of consciousness. One consciousness is a whole of many connected noetic-noematic senses that point both to objects and noeses, the intentionalities. One technical term to describe this whole is that there is intentional implication within one consciousness (or intersubjective intentional implication between two or more) where intentional modification of perception and other modifications occur between the intentional forms. This positions notes that eide, ideal forms of most basic mental processes, are identified so that higher more complex forms can be understood. The consequences of the ideal morphological noetic analysis are that a whole can be identified according to its constituent moments of noetic sense. A closing note is made about the being of the ego and consciousness as unified into a single sense, a monism, for the majority of the population despite the fact that there are a manifold of experiences that comprise it. The aim of intentional analysis is to find the pure ""laws of thought,' [that]… express the a priori connection between the categorical form of meanings and their objectivity or truth", (XIX/2, 92). The conclusions of essences are a priori laws concerning the structure of consciousness for: "Laws of association are laws of essence; they are not rules for immanent consciousness", (XIII, 83, fn, cf XVI, 141).

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Owen Ian R (2015) Phenomenology in action in psychotherapy: on pure psychology and its applications in psychotherapy and mental health care. Dordrecht, Springer.

Pages: 113-141

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-13605-9_7

Full citation:

Owen Ian R (2015) The being of consciousness, In: Phenomenology in action in psychotherapy, Dordrecht, Springer, 113–141.