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The Primordial EmotionsThe dawning of consciousness$
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Derek Denton

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199203147

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203147.001.0001

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The definition of consciousness, and self-awareness

The definition of consciousness, and self-awareness

(p.15) Chapter 2 The definition of consciousness, and self-awareness
The Primordial Emotions

Derek Denton

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the history of the development of the concepts of consciousness and self-awareness in science. It explains that self-awareness is the highest form of awareness variously described as the inward turning of consciousness, being the object of one's own attention, contemplation of one's own existence, reflective awareness, and being conscious of being conscious. It also discusses mirror self-recognition and self-awareness in apes and dolphins.

Keywords:   consciousness, existence, reflective awareness, apes, dolphins

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