Dreaming  book cover
1st Edition


ISBN 9781315315522
Published September 11, 2017 by Routledge
138 Pages

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Book Description

Originally published in 1959, with some corrections in 1962, the author examines the common view at the time that dreams are mental activities or mental occurrences taking place during sleep. He starts off by offering a proof that the sentence ‘I am asleep’ is a senseless form of words and cannot express a judgment. After commenting on various features of the concept of sleep, the author expands his argument to prove that the notion of making any judgment at all while asleep is without sense. He takes the further step of showing that this same conclusion holds for all other mental acts and mental occurrences, with the exception of dreams.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.  1. Introduction  2. Asserting That One is Asleep  3. Judging That One is Asleep  4. A Comparison of ‘I Am Asleep’ and ‘I Am in Pain’  5. Two Objections  6. The Criteria of Sleep  7. Phenomena Resembling Sleep  8. Sound Asleep  9. Judgments in Sleep  10. Application to Other Mental Phenomena  11. Dreaming as an Exception  12. The Concept of Dreaming  13. Temporal Location and Duration of Dreams  14. A Queer Phenomenon  15. Continuity between Dreams and Waking Life  16. Dreams and Scepticism  17. The Principle of Coherence  18. Do I Know I am Awake?  Appendix: Dreams and Psychiatry.  Bibliography.  Index

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