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Consciousness

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.

ConsciousnessConsciousness 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 b
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