Review of Christopher Mole 'Attention is Cognitive Unison: An Essay in Philosophical Psychology' [Book Review]
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
A relatively detailed review (~ 4000 words) of Christopher Mole's (2010) book "Attention is Cognitive Unison". I suggest that Mole makes a good case against many types of reductivist accounts of attention, using the right kind of methodology. Yet, I argue that his adverbialist theory is not the best articulation of the crucial anti-reductivist insight. The distinction between adverbial and process-first phenomena he draws remains unclear, anti-reductivist process theories can escapte his arguments, and finally I provide an argument for why no personal level adverbialism can provide a complete and unified theory of attention. Despite my disagreements, I have learned a lot from engaging with Mole's book. It's a central contribution to the new philosophical literature on attention.
|Keywords||Attention Processes Adverbial Unison|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Zachary C. Irving (2016). Mind-Wandering is Unguided Attention: Accounting for the “Purposeful” Wanderer. Philosophical Studies 173 (2):547-571.
Similar books and articles
Christopher Mole (2011). The Metaphysics of Attention. In Christopher Mole, Declan Smithies & Wayne Wu (eds.), Attention: Philosophical and Psychological Essays. Oxford University Press 60-77.
Christopher Mole (2010). Attention is Cognitive Unison: An Essay in Philosophical Psychology. Oxford University Press.
Christopher Mole (2005). Attention is Cognitive Unison. Dissertation, Princeton University
Aaron Henry & Tim Bayne (2013). Review of Attention is Cognitive Unison: An Essay in Philosophical Psychology, by Christopher Mole. [REVIEW] Australasian Journal of Philosophy 91 (1):199 - 202.
Sebastian Watzl (2011). The Nature of Attention. Philosophy Compass 6 (11):842-853.
Christopher Mole (2008). Attention in the Absence of Consciousness? Trends in Cognitive Sciences 12 (2):44.
Christopher Mole, Declan Smithies & Wayne Wu (eds.) (2011). Attention: Philosophical and Psychological Essays. Oxford University Press.
Christopher Mole (2008). Attention and Consciousness. Journal of Consciousness Studies 15 (4):86-104.
R. W. Kentridge, L. H. de-Wit & C. A. Heywood (2008). What is Attended in Spatial Attention? Journal of Consciousness Studies 15 (4):105-111.
F. de Brigard (2010). Consciousness, Attention and Commonsense. Journal of Consciousness Studies 17 (9-10):189-201.
Carolyn Suchy-Dicey (2012). Inductive Parsimony and the Methodological Argument. Consciousness and Cognition 21 (2):605-609.
Christopher Mole, Attention. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Linda B. Smith, Eliana Colunga & Hanako Yoshida (2010). Knowledge as Process: Contextually Cued Attention and Early Word Learning. Cognitive Science 34 (7):1287-1314.
Christopher Mole (2005). Review of Naomi Eilan, Christoph Hoerl, Teresa McCormack, Johannes Roessler (Eds), Joint Attention: Communication and Other Minds -- Issues in Philosophy and Psychology. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2005 (9).
C. Bundesen & T. Habekost (2008). Principles of Visual Attention: Linking Mind and Brain. Oxford University Press Oxford.
Added to index2012-09-28
Total downloads38 ( #106,588 of 1,796,214 )
Recent downloads (6 months)8 ( #98,157 of 1,796,214 )
How can I increase my downloads?