Consciousness

Consciousness

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Consciousness

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In the course of studies in relation to Aesthetics, undertaken many years ago, I was led to make a special study of the psychology of pleasure and pain, the results of which were published in the volume entitled Pain, Pleasure and Aesthetics. In that work there was presented for examination a theory of Algedonics which seemed more adequate to account for our pleasure-pain experiences than any I had met with in the published works of other students of the subject, and which appeared to avoid the difficulties that had heretofore availed to discredit the hedonic theory of Aesthetics.

Before I was willing to present this theory for examination and criticism, I had satisfied myself that it could be related with much completeness to other psychic fields than those directly considered, and had sketched in outline a restatement of psychological doctrine which seemed to bring all related psychic facts into harmony with the theory I defended. It was necessary however, in the book mentioned, to refrain from any but the briefest reference to this general restatement, not only because it seemed best to avoid discussions not distinctly essential to the argument of the book, but principally because an attempt to place this restatement before the reader would have involved the writing of a treatise on general psychology in which the discussion of Algedonics could have appeared . . .

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