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Attention, Not Self

Jonardon Ganeri


Attention is of fundamental importance in the philosophy of mind, in epistemology, in action theory, and in ethics. This book presents an account in which attention, not self, explains the experiential and normative situatedness of human beings in the world. Attention consists in an organization of awareness and action at the centre of which there is neither a practical will nor a phenomenological 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 set ... More

Keywords: attention, self, philosophy of mind, Buddhist philosophy, empathy, agency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198757405
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198757405.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonardon Ganeri, author
Professor of Philosophy, New York University