Attention, Not Self by Jonardon GaneriAttention, Not Self by Jonardon Ganeri

Attention, Not Self

byJonardon Ganeri

Hardcover | December 8, 2017

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Jonardon Ganeri presents an account of mind in which attention, not self, explains the experiential and normative situatedness of human beings in the world. Attention consists in an organisation of awareness and action at the centre of which there is neither a practical will nor aphenomenological witness. Attention performs two roles in experience, a selective role of placing and a focal role of access. Attention improves our epistemic standing, because it is in the nature of attention to settle on what is real and to shun what is not real. When attention is informed byexpertise, it is sufficient for knowledge. That gives attention a reach beyond the perceptual: for attention is a determinable whose determinates include the episodic memory from which our narrative identities are made, the empathy for others that situates us in a social world, and the introspectionthat makes us self-aware. Empathy is other-directed attention, placed on you and focused on your states of mind; it is akin to listening. Empathetic attention is central to a range of experiences that constitutively require a contrast between oneself and others, all of which involve an awareness ofoneself as the object of another's attention. An analysis of attention as mental action gainsays authorial conceptions of self, because it is the nature of intending itself, effortful attention in action, to settle on what to do and to shun what not to do. In ethics, a conception of persons asbeings with a characteristic capacity for attention offers hope for resolution in the conflict between individualism and impersonalism.Attention, Not Self is a contribution to a growing body of work that studies the nature of mind from a place at the crossroads of three disciplines: philosophy in the analytical and phenomenological traditions, contemporary cognitive science and empirical work in cognitive psychology, and Buddhisttheoretical literature.
Jonardon Ganeri is a philosopher whose work draws on a variety of philosophical traditions to construct new positions in the philosophy of mind, metaphysics, and epistemology. He is the author of The Self; The Concealed Art of the Soul; The Lost Age of Reason; and Semantic Powers, all published by Oxford University Press. He joined the...
Title:Attention, Not SelfFormat:HardcoverDimensions:360 pagesPublished:December 8, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Attention and Action2. Consciousness3. Thought and World4. The Content of Perceptual Experience5. Perceptual Attention6. Attention and Knowledge7. Orienting Attention8. A Theory of Vision9. The Disunity of Mind10. Working Memory and Attention11. Varieties of Attention12. Narrative Attention13. Empathetic Attention14. Identifying Persons15. Self and Other16. Finitude and FlowPostscript: Philosophy Without Borders