CONSCIOUSNESS, MIND, AND SPIRIT:
THREE LEVELS OF HUMAN COGNITION
Andrej UleFaculty of Arts - University of Ljubljana
|INDECS 13(4), 488-500, 2015
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Received: 17 July 2015.
The article elucidates three important concepts and realities that refer to cognitive phenomena and are often (mistakenly) used as synonyms: consciousness (slo. zavest), mind (slo. um), and spirit (slo. duh). They present three levels of human cognition: individual-experiential, individual-mental, and trans-individual-mental. Simply put: the concept of consciousness pertains to the waking mental life of a human being, while the concept of mind pertains to the ability and activity to consciously comprehend and understand contents and objects of human activity. I delineate three "types" of spirit: personal spirit, objective spirit, and the objectification of spirit in productions of human culture; I have doubts, however, about the existence of cosmic or super-cosmic dimensions of spirit, although some interpretations of quantum physics and modern cosmology suggest that such dimensions are possible.
consciousness, mind, spirit, conceptual thought, objective spirit, personal spirit