American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Conscious perception with full awareness.
- n. The process of understanding by which newly observed qualities of an object are related to past experience.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That act of the mind by which it becomes conscious of its ideas as its own; perception (which see) with the added consciousness that it is “I” who perceive.
- n. Hence, by a slight modification
- n. With Kant and most English writers, an act of voluntary consciousness, accompanied with self-consciousness: especially in the phrase pure apperception.
- n. In the psychology of Herbart (1776–1841), the coalescence of the remainder of a new isolated idea with an older one, by a modification of one or the other.
- n. Apprehension; recognition.
- n. In Wundt's psychology, the process whereby a perception or idea attains to clearness in consciousness; also, the introspective contents of this process, that is, the clear idea itself and the changes resulting in consciousness from the induction of the attentive state.
- n. uncountable The mind's perception of itself as the subject or actor in its own states, unifying past and present experiences; self-consciousness, perception that reflects upon itself.
- n. uncountable Psychological or mental perception; recognition.
- n. countable, psychology The general process or a particular act of mental assimilation of new experience into the totality of one's past experience.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Metaph.) The mind's perception of itself as the subject or actor in its own states; perception that reflects upon itself; sometimes, intensified or energetic perception.
- n. the process whereby perceived qualities of an object are related to past experience
- From French aperception (modern Latin apperceptio, used by Gottfried Leibnitz (1646-1716)). (Wiktionary)
- New Latin apperceptiō, apperceptiōn- : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin perceptiō, perception; see perception. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This is an act of "apperception" -- taking many separate pieces of evidence and experience and forging them together into a unified representation.”
“Furthermore, some souls are sometimes also in a position to engage in apperception, that is, to reflect on their inner states or perceptions.”
“This rapid, knowledge-guided perception, sometimes called apperception, can be seen in experts in other fields as well.”
“(It was a feature of the psychology of their day to contrast consciousness or awareness, called apperception, with perception.)”
“But the figurative synthesis, when it has relation only to the originally synthetical unity of apperception, that is to the transcendental unity cogitated in the categories, must, to be distinguished from the purely intellectual conjunction, be entitled the transcendental synthesis of imagination.”
“Given the apparent impossibility of justifying a project whose internal organization rests on our acceptance of a hypothesis about matters prior to experience -- thereby precluding all verification or falsification by experience -- Kant introduces a new type of pre-conscious symbolization in order to ensure both, the self-conscious integrity of the philosophical subject known as "apperception" and the rationality and legitimacy of its representations as knowledge.”
“In Kant's conception, my apperception has necessary unity since all of my representations must be grounded “in pure apperception, that is, in the thoroughgoing identity of the self in all possible representations” (B131 “ 2, emphasis mine).”
“Perhaps the word 'apperception' flourished in their eyes and ears as it nowadays often is, embodies as much of this mystification as any other single thing.”
“apperception" in the human soul, is the bond of substantial continuity, the bridge that joins together the two kinds of substances, matter and mind which Descartes so inconsiderately separated.”
“Visitors are offered the bread crumbs on the floor beneath the big table of cultural apperception.”
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