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Definition of Consciousness

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awareness of one's surroundings; cognition, ability to perceive
Consciousness Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Theological and Philosophical Biography and Dictionary
* * See Freedom as pure consciousness and Self-consciousness
Dictionary of Philosophy of Mind
Self-awareness. Subjective experience. The way things seem to us. Immediate phenomenological properties.
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Kant Glossary
[B208] Kant distinguishes pure and empirical consciousness; the former is a precondition of the latter, which is the result of a complex process of synthesis and judgment (we have empirical consciousness of appearance). Presumably, pure consciousness is required for the unity of apperception; Kant associates it with the "merely subjective representation, which gives us only the consciousness that the subject, and which we relate [through synthesis] to an [empirical] object in general. By contrast, empirical consciousness involves an objective representation in which "the real of sensation" is apprehended. Due to the importance which Kant accords self-consciousness (i.e., consciousness of the unity of apperception), for Kant all consciousness necessarily involves self-consciousness; it also turns out that self-consciousness involves consciousness, namely, (pure) consciousness through inner sense of one's own mental states, and also (pure) consciousness through outer sense of one's self as an empirical object which has these states. This suggests that we are not conscious of "pure consciousness" (which in any case is not "empirical")--pure consciousness occurs before we have any possible experience.
Consciousness Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
The state of being conscious; knowledge of one's own existence, condition, sensations, mental operations, acts, etc.
  
(n.)
Immediate knowledge or perception of the presence of any object, state, or sensation. See the Note under Attention.
  
(n.)
Feeling, persuasion, or expectation; esp., inward sense of guilt or innocence.
  
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consciousness
\con"scious*ness\ (?), n.
1. the state of being conscious; knowledge of one's own existence, condition, sensations, mental operations, acts, etc. consciousness is thus, on the one hand, the recognition by the mind or "ego" of its acts and affections; -- in other words, the self-affirmation that certain modifications are known by me, and that these modifications are mine. w. hamilton.
2. immediate knowledge or perception of the presence of any object, state, or sensation. see the note under attention. annihilate the consciousness of the object, you annihilate the consciousness of the operation. w. hamilton. and, when the steam which overflowed the soul had passed away, a consciousness remained that it had left. images and precious thoughts that shall not die, and can not be destroyed. the consciousness of wrong brought with it the consciousness of weakness.
3. feeling, persuasion, or expectation; esp., inward sense of guilt or innocence. [r.] an honest mind is not in the power of a dishonest: to break its peace there must be some guilt or consciousness.
consciousness
n
1. an alert cognitive state in which you are aware of yourself and your situation; "he lost consciousness" [ant: unconsciousness]
2. having knowledge of; "he had no awareness of his mistakes"; "his sudden consciousness of the problem he faced"; "their intelligence and general knowingness was impressive" [syn: awareness, cognizance, knowingness]




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Gwybyddiaeth = n. consciousness, knowledge
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. an alert cognitive state in which you are aware of yourself and your situation; "he lost consciousness"
(antonym) unconsciousness
(hypernym) cognitive state, state of mind
(hyponym) stream of consciousness
2. having knowledge of; "he had no awareness of his mistakes"; "his sudden consciousness of the problem he faced"; "their intelligence and general knowingness was impressive"
(synonym) awareness, cognizance, cognisance, knowingness
(hypernym) knowing
(hyponym) self-awareness
(attribute) aware(p)
Consciousness Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
Raynet Business & Marketing Glossary
our awareness of ourselves and our environment.
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Consciousness Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dream Interpretation & Dream Theories
The state of consciousness comprises qualities such as subjectivity, self awareness, sentience and the ability to perceive the relationship between oneself and one's environment. This is a subject that has been widely researched in philosophy of mind, psychology, neuroscience, and cognitive science.
  
State of being able to be aware of or perceive one's environment; state of alertness.
  
Consciousness Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Consciousness is the state or quality of awareness, or, of being aware of an external object or something within oneself. It has been defined as: sentience, awareness, subjectivity, the ability to experience or to  feel, wakefulness, having a sense of selfhood, and the executive control system of the mind. Despite the difficulty in definition, many philosophers believe that there is a broadly shared underlying intuition about what consciousness is. As Max Velmans and Susan Schneider wrote in The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness: "Anything that we are aware of at a given moment forms part of our consciousness, making conscious experience at once the most familiar and most mysterious aspect of our lives."

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Consciousness may refer to:
  • The process of cognition, i.e. the focus of cognitive science.
  • The opposite of unconsciousness, i.e. the opposite of a comatose state or coma.
  • The process of awareness as in "I was not conscious of the wind blowing."
  • Consciousness! (Eric Kloss album), 1970
  • Consciousness (Pat Martino album), 1974

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Consciousness Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Consciousness Definition from Religion & Spirituality Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Consciousness [from Latin conscio knowing with, knowing together] The active state of spirit or the supreme fundamental in manifested existence. Like light, consciousness can become manifest only by means of a vehicle, and it can have various degrees of manifestation according to the planes. Individual consciousness originates in the Logos of any hierarchy. Every manifested entity is conscious to some degree, and is an expression of divine consciousness or spirit. Buddhi is said to be latent spiritual consciousness which becomes manifest intellectually in manas, so far as the human constitution goes (SD 2:275). Human consciousness is also closely linked to the senses.
The term consciousness is often used as alternative to spirit, as where it is said that consciousness and matter are the two aspects of parabrahman or that consciousness is the purest form of cosmic force; yet, strictly speaking, consciousness is an attribute of active spirit. It is sometimes called the universal life, the kosmic force-substance. The relative use of the word enables us to speak of states or degrees of consciousness, according to the state in which the essence is manifested on one plane or another; or to call one state unconscious by contrast with another, as when we compare waking consciousness with the consciousness of sleep or trance. See also Self-Consciousness