Head and Heart: Affection, Cognition, Volition as Triune Consciousness

Head and Heart: Affection, Cognition, Volition as Triune Consciousness

Head and Heart: Affection, Cognition, Volition as Triune Consciousness

Head and Heart: Affection, Cognition, Volition as Triune Consciousness

Synopsis

This book proposes a theory of a triune consciousness formed by the heart and mind, composed of an equal partnership of reason, will, and affection. Professor Tallon sets out asking whether and how affective consciousness fits into this triad.

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That really which is called Brahman, that indeed is the space external; and that indeed which is the space external, that really is the space internal; and that space which is internal is verily this space within the heart. That is the Full. Chandogya Upanishad, 3.12.7-9 (c. 800-400 B.C.).

The heart is everything, the rest is useless. La Fontaine (1621-1695), Belphégor (1678)

Said the Sun to the Moon -- "When you are but a lonely white crone, and I, a dead King in my golden armor somewhere in a dark wood, Remember only this of our hopeless love That never till Time is done Will the fire of the heart and the fire of the mind be one." Dame Edith Sitwell (1887-1964)

Our first task is to identify the general structure of consciousness by describing its four levels and twelve operations (se Figure 1, p. 18). Following the terminology of Lonergan's Insight (1957), and beginning with sense perception (seeing, hearing, and so forth), imagination, and memory, let us call this first group of cognitive operations "experience," or "empirical consciousness." Although feelings are most definitely part of experience, and in fact part of con-

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