Attention Philosophical And Psychological Essays

Attention Is Cognitive Unison: An Essay in Philosophical Psychology

Christopher Mole

Abstract

This book presents a theory of attention. According to this theory the relationship between attention and the processes executed in the brain is analogous to the relationship between unison and the processes executed by individual members of an orchestra: Just as no subset of the players in an orchestra can be identified as the ones responsible for unison, so there are no particular processes in the brain that are the implementers of attention. If this is right then attention belongs in the metaphysical category of ‘adverbial phenomena’, and so is not the sort of thing that can be explained by ... More

This book presents a theory of attention. According to this theory the relationship between attention and the processes executed in the brain is analogous to the relationship between unison and the processes executed by individual members of an orchestra: Just as no subset of the players in an orchestra can be identified as the ones responsible for unison, so there are no particular processes in the brain that are the implementers of attention. If this is right then attention belongs in the metaphysical category of ‘adverbial phenomena’, and so is not the sort of thing that can be explained by identifying the processes that constitute it. The book therefore provides a case study of the ways in which metaphysical questions and questions about psychological explanation can interact. It also explores the prospects of using the theory of attention to cast explanatory light on consciousness and on the contentfulness of thought.

Keywords: adverbialism, attention, cognitive psychology, consciousness, contentfulness, explanation, metaphysics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010Print ISBN-13: 9780195384529
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195384529.001.0001

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Christopher Mole, author
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
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Attention

Philosophical and Psychological Essays

Edited by Christopher Mole, , Declan Smithies, and and Wayne Wu

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Edited by Christopher Mole, Department of Philosophy and in the Program in Cognitive Systems, University of British Columbia, , Declan Smithies, Department of Philosophy, Ohio State University, and and Wayne Wu, Centre for the Neural Basis of Cognition, Carnegie Mellon University

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.

Contributors:

Alan Allport: University of Oxford, Department of Experimental Psychology. Katherine M. Armstrong: Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Neurobiology. John Campbell: University of California, Berkeley, Department of Philosophy. Imogen Dickie: University of Toronto, Department of Philosophy. Robert Kentridge: Durham University, Department of Psychology. Christopher Mole: University of British Columbia, Department of Philosophy. Sathyasri Narasimhan: University of Bradford, School of Life Sciences. Haluk Ogmen: University of Houston, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Ian Phillips: University College London, Department of Philosophy. Jesse J. Prinz: CUNY Graduate Centre, Department of Philosophy. Johannes Roessler: University of Warwick, Department of Philosophy. Christian C. Ruff: University of Zurich, Laboratory for Social and Neural Systems Research. Declan Smithies: Ohio State University, Department of Philosophy and Australian National University, Philosophy Program. Srimant P. Tripathy: University of Bradford, School of Life Sciences and University of Houston, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Sebastian Watzl: Harvard University, Department of Philosophy. Wayne Wu: Carnegie Mellon University, Centre for the Neural Basis of Cognition.

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