Dreamless Sleep and Some Related Philosophical Issues
Sharma (Ramesh Kumar)
Source: Philosophy East and West. April 2001; 51(2): 210-231
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    The phenomenon of dreamless sleep1 and its philosophical consequences, particularly deep sleep2's relevance to such issues as self, consciousness, personal identity, unity of subject, and disembodied3 life, are explored through a discussion, in varying detail, of certain noted doctrines and views--for example of Advaita Vedanta, Hegel, and H. D. Lewis. Finally, with a cue from Leibniz and McTaggart, the suggestion is made that at no stage during sleep4 is the self without some perceptions, however, indeterminate. Support for this hypothesis is claimed from the current psychoanalytic opinion that mental activity does not cease during any part of sleep5 and that human beings continue to dream even in the so-called dreamless state.

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