Philosophy Compass 6 (11):842-853 (2011)
|Abstract||What is attention? Attention is often seen as a subject matter for the hard sciences of cognitive and brain processes, and is understood in terms of sub-personal mechanisms and processes. Correspondingly, there still is a stark contrast between the central role attention plays for the empirical investigation of the mind in psychology and the neurosciences, and its relative neglect in philosophy. Yet, over the past years, several philosophers have challenged the standard conception. A number of interesting philosophical questions concerning the nature of attention arise. This article provides an introduction to contemporary debates concerning these questions. In particular, it discusses the question of how the pre-theoretic conception of attention might be reconciled with a scientific conception, arguments that provide support for an anti-reductivist theory of attention, and sketches several recent anti-reductivist theories and their inter-relations.|
|Keywords||Attention Consciousness Reductivism|
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
Sebastian Watzl (2011). The Philosophical Significance of Attention. Philosophy Compass 6 (10):722-733.
Christopher Mole, Declan Smithies & Wayne Wu (eds.) (2011). Attention: Philosophical and Psychological Essays. Oxford University Press.
Sebastian Watzl (2011). Review of Christopher Mole 'Attention is Cognitive Unison: An Essay in Philosophical Psychology'. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
Sebastian Watzl (2010). The Significance of Attention. Dissertation, Columbia University
Sebastian Watzl (2011). Attention as Structuring of the Stream of Consciousness. In Christopher Mole, Declan Smithies & Wayne Wu (eds.), Attention: Philosophical and Psychological Essays.
P. Sven Arvidson (2003). A Lexicon of Attention: From Cognitive Science to Phenomenology. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 2 (2):99-132.
Christopher Mole (2008). Attention and Consciousness. Journal of Consciousness Studies 15 (4):86-104.
P. Sven Arvidson (1996). Toward a Phenomenology of Attention. Human Studies 19 (1):71-84.
James J. Clark (1999). Linking Covert and Overt Attention. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 22 (4):676-677.
F. de Brigard (2010). Consciousness, Attention and Commonsense. Journal of Consciousness Studies 17 (9-10):189-201.
Luc Faucher & Christine Tappolet (2002). Fear and the Focus of Attention. Consciousness and Emotion 3 (2):105-144.
Anne Giersch & Serge Caparos (2005). Focused Attention is Not Enough to Activate Discontinuities in Lines, but Scrutiny Is. Consciousness and Cognition 14 (3):613-632.
Vasudevi Reddy (2003). On Being the Object of Attention: Implications for Self-Other Consciousness. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 7 (9):397-402.
Carolyn Dicey Jennings (2012). The Subject of Attention. Synthese 189 (3):535-554.
Added to index2011-06-16
Total downloads97 ( #6,573 of 549,087 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #19,228 of 549,087 )
How can I increase my downloads?