Structuring Mind: The Nature of Attention and how it Shapes Consciousness by Sebastian WatzlStructuring Mind: The Nature of Attention and how it Shapes Consciousness by Sebastian Watzl

Structuring Mind: The Nature of Attention and how it Shapes Consciousness

bySebastian Watzl

Hardcover | April 3, 2017

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What is attention? How does attention shape consciousness? In an approach that engages with foundational topics in the philosophy of mind, the theory of action, psychology, and the neurosciences this book provides a unified and comprehensive answer to both questions. Sebastian Watzl shows thatattention is a central structural feature of the mind. The first half of the book provides an account of the nature of attention. Attention is prioritizing, it consists in regulating priority structures. Attention is not another element of the mind, but constituted by structures that organize,integrate, and coordinate the parts of our mind. Attention thus integrates the perceptual and intellectual, the cognitive and motivational, and the epistemic and practical. The second half of the book concerns the relationship between attention and consciousness. Watzl argues that attentional structure shapes consciousness into what is central and what is peripheral. The center-periphery structure of consciousness cannot be reduced to the structure of how the worldappears to the subject. What it is like for us thus goes beyond the way the world appears to us. On this basis, a new view of consciousness is offered. In each conscious experience we actively take a stance on the world we appear to encounter. It is in this sense that our conscious experience is oursubjective perspective.
Sebastian Watzl holds an MA in biology from Humboldt University (Berlin), and a PhD in philosophy from Columbia University (New York). After postdoctorates at Harvard's Mind-Brain-Behavior Interfaculty Inititative (MBB) and the University of Oslo's Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature (CSMN), he is now Associate Professor in philosop...
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Title:Structuring Mind: The Nature of Attention and how it Shapes ConsciousnessFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0 inPublished:April 3, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199658420

ISBN - 13:9780199658428

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I. What is attention?1. Beyond Brain Mechanisms2. Attending3. Activities4. Priority Structures5. The What and Why of Priority Structures6. Psychological Salience7. Executive ControlPart II. Attention and Consciousness8. Beyond Appearances9. Phenomenal Structure10. Phenomenal Salience11. Awareness of Attending12. Necessity and Sufficiency13. The Perspectivity Picture