Wilhelm Dilthey's Conceptualization of Mental Life: The Unity of Consciousness
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Abstract This study is an examination of Wilhelm Diltheys conceptualization of mental life. An introduction recounting Diltheys intellectual background is provided, including a detailed literature review of texts that elaborate his ideas. A description of Diltheys analysis of the elemental constituents of consciousness is presented. Diltheys assessment of self-consciousness is examined, and his psychological epistemology is explained. A discussion of Diltheys analysis of logic and psychological processes is given. The study explicates Diltheys position on the relation between aspects and dynamics within the psyche. A justification of Diltheys distinction between mental and physical objects of psychological investigation is provided. Consciousness is shown to constitute a phenomenal unity. Examples of the relevance of Diltheys ideas for contemporary psychological theory and practice are presented. Findings are recounted providing a detailed picture of main conclusions drawn from the study.