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Jonardon Ganeri

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198757405

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198757405.001.0001

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Varieties of Attention

Varieties of Attention

(p.221) 11 Varieties of Attention
Attention, Not Self

Jonardon Ganeri

Oxford University Press

It is a fundamental feature of the account to be developed in this chapter that there are many different kinds of conscious attention. A basic (that is to say, irreducible) kind of attention is intention, when one sets oneself to act, a straining or exertion that fills the ‘psychic space’ with resolution. The chapter argues that other basic kinds of attention are introspection, a distinctive manner of attending to the world and not quasi-percepual awareness of one’s inner life, and mindful attention, a kind of rehearsing or retentive attention. It will transpire that some of the most important aspects of conscious mindedness are attentional phenomena.

Keywords:   philosophy of mind, Buddhist philosophy, intention, introspection, mindfulness, divided attention

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