Consciousness
(1,604 words)

1. Consciousness, literally the state of knowing, of knowing well in one’s own mind, is the spirit’s awareness not merely of the objects of its experience, but of this experience as its own and hence of itself. Consciousness includes, as well as the immediate moment of experience, the memory of past experience — based, on experience — and a more or less general anticipation of its future. At the most primitive level it is not a matter of two or more different acts, which might then perhaps give …

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Jörg Spleti, “Consciousness”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 22 August 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-483X_smuo_COM_000910>
First published online: 2016



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