from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining or relating to, or of the nature of, apperception.
  • In current psychology: characterized by clearness, or by the state of attention;
  • resulting from or pertaining to the psychological process of apperception.

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  • adjective perceptive

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  • adjective able to relate new percepts to past experience


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  • The association theory must thus be given up in favor of an 'action-theory' [1] which combines the consistency of phenomenalistic explanation with a full acknowledgment of the so-called apperceptive processes; it avoids thus the deficiency of associationism and the logical inconsistency of apperceptionism.

    Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1 Containing Sixteen Experimental Investigations from the Harvard Psychological Laboratory. Various 1889

  • Hume himself provides no account of apperception, but possibilities for a (quasi -) Humean account are that apperceptive consciousness amounts to perceptions that are intrinsically self-conscious, or else consists in perceptions of perceptions.

    Kant's Transcendental Arguments Pereboom, Derk 2009

  • Neither consciousness of self by doing apperceptive acts nor empirical consciousness of self as the object of particular representations yields knowledge of oneself as one is.

    Kant's View of the Mind and Consciousness of Self Brook, Andrew 2008

  • Then he turns to consciousness of oneself and one's states by doing apperceptive acts.

    Kant's View of the Mind and Consciousness of Self Brook, Andrew 2008

  • No: perceptive attention becomes apperceptive attention just as it focuses more strenuously, constricting the perceptive field.

    Wilhelm Maximilian Wundt Kim, Alan 2006

  • For Wundt, the distinguishing feature of the apperceptive focus is that it

    Wilhelm Maximilian Wundt Kim, Alan 2006

  • How do apperceptive laws differ from those of association?

    Wilhelm Maximilian Wundt Kim, Alan 2006

  • Wundt's notion of apperceptive separation is one of the most philosophically original, consequential, and ambiguous of his theories.

    Wilhelm Maximilian Wundt Kim, Alan 2006

  • Association everywhere gives the first impetus to [apperceptive] combinations.

    Wilhelm Maximilian Wundt Kim, Alan 2006

  • We can obviously say nothing immediate about how the central sense-excitations would be sensed independently of the latter; thus Weber's Law, too, concerns only apperceived sensations, and therefore can just as well have its basis in the processes of the apperceptive comparison of sensation as in the original constitution of the central sensory excitations.

    Wilhelm Maximilian Wundt Kim, Alan 2006


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