(countable, psychology) The general process or a particular act of mentalassimilation of new experience into the totality of one's past experience.
Origin of apperception
New Latin apperceptiōapperceptiōn- Latin ad-ad- Latin perceptiōperceptionperception
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Frenchaperception (modern Latin apperceptio, used by Gottfried Leibnitz (1646-1716)).
Apperception Sentence Examples
Leibnitz, by way of distinction from unconscious perception, gave the name " apperception " to consciousness.
If knowledge is experience of ideas distinguished by inner will of apperception into subject and object in inseparable connexion, if the starting-point is ideas, if judgment is analysis of an aggregate idea, if inference is a mediate reference of the members of an aggregate of ideas to one another, then, as Wundt says, all we can know, and all reason can logically infer from such data, is in our ideas, and consciousness without an object of idea is an abstraction; so that reason, in transcending experience, can show the necessity of ideas and " ideals," but infer no corresponding reality beyond, whether in nature, or in Man, or in God.
Such mentally endowed substances might be called souls; but, as he distinguished between perception and apperception or consciousness, and considered that perceptions are often unconscious, he preferred to divide monads into unconscious entelechies of inorganic bodies, sentient souls of animals, and rational souls, or spirits, of men; while he further concluded that all these are derivative monads created by God, the monad of monads.
Wundt, in consequence, thinking with Kant that apperception is a spontaneous activity, and with Fichte that this activity requires will, and indeed that all activity is will, infers that apperception is inner will.
According to him, then, attention, even involuntary attention, requires inner will; and all the functions imputed by Hume to association, as well as those imputed to understanding by Kant, require apperception, and therefore inner will.