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Attention Is Cognitive Unison: An Essay in Philosophical Psychology

Christopher Mole


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

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

Bibliographic Information

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


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Mole, author
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
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