Attention : Philosophical and Psychological Essays

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Attention has been studied in cognitive psychology for more than half a century, but until recently it was largely neglected in philosophy. Now, philosophers of mind increasingly recognize that attention has an important role to play in our theories of consciousness and of cognition. At the same time, several recent developments in psychology have led psychologists to foundational questions about the nature of attention and its implementation in the brain. As a
result there has been a convergence of interest in fundamental questions about attention.

This volume presents the latest thinking from the philosophers and psychologists who are working at the interface between these two disciplines. Its fourteen chapters contain detailed philosophical and scientific arguments about the nature and mechanisms of attention; the relationship between attention and consciousness; the role of attention in explaining reference, rational thought, and the control of action; the fundamental metaphysical status of attention, and the details of its
implementation in the brain. These contributions combine ideas from phenomenology, neuroscience, cognitive psychology and philosophy of mind to further our understanding of this centrally important mental phenomenon, and to bring to light the foundational questions that any satisfactory theory of attention
will need to address.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 176 x 241 x 30mm | 660g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0199759235
  • 9780199759231
  • 1,393,449

Table of contents

1. Christopher Mole, Declan Smithies, and Wayne Wu, "Introduction" ; 2. Christian Ruff, "A Systems-Neuroscience View of Attention" ; 3. Alan Allport, "Attention and Integration" ; 4. Christopher Mole, "The Metaphysics of Attention" ; 5. Katherine Armstrong, "Covert Spatial Attention and Saccade Planning" ; 6. Wayne Wu, "Attention as Selection for Action" ; 7. Srimant Tripathy, Haluk Ogmen and Sathyashi Narasimhan, "Multiple Object-Tracking: A Serial Attentional Process?" ; 8. Sebastian Watzl, "Attention as Structuring the Stream of Consciousness" ; 9. Jesse Prinz, "Is Attention Necessary and Sufficient for Consciousness?" ; 10. Ian Phillips, "Attention and Iconic Memory" ; 11. Robert Kentridge, "Attention Without Awareness: A Brief Review" ; 12. Declan Smithies, "Attention is Rational-Access Consciousness" ; 13. Johannes Roessler, "Perceptual Attention and the Space of Reasons" ; 14. Imogen Dickie, "Visual Attention Fixes Demonstrative Reference By Eliminating Referential Luck" ; 15. John Campbell, "Visual Attention and the Epistemic Role of Attention"
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I highly recommend it to anyone interested in consciousness, attention, and human cognition. * Rocco J. Gennaro, MIND *
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About Christopher Mole

Christopher Mole teaches in the Department of Philosophy and in the Program in Cognitive Systems at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Declan Smithies teaches in the Department of Philosophy at the Ohio State University, and is a postdoctoral fellow at the Australian National University.

Wayne Wu teaches in, and is associate director of, the Centre for the Neural Basis of Cognition at Carnegie Mellon University.
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