Bertelsen - Chapter 06
Consciousness as the formation of a phenomenological model
One of the central characteristics of the psyche, as we have seen, is free will.
Another is consciousness. In the last part of this chapter, these two
characteristics will be combined in a model showing their interrelation. But
first we will concern ourselves with forming a model of consciousness.
The concept of consciousness is used in connection with a number of
different phenomena. To be conscious may mean simply to be awake, as
opposed to asleep or unconscious. It may also mean that one has gained a
certain insight into something, as, for instance, in the sentence: 'During their
conversation she became conscious of the fact that she had never really liked
him'. Or it may mean that a person is politically or morally aware: for
example, politically conscious of social conditions or morally conscious of
his/her duty in a certain situation. In what follows, however, we will concern
ourselves primarily with phenomenological consciousness: that is to say,
consciousness in the sense of experience.