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Attention, Not Self$
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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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Narrative Attention

Narrative Attention

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Attention, Not Self

Jonardon Ganeri

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that attention is that in virtue of which one does not merely live in the present, but is also aware of the past and is situated in a social world with others. So a basic kind of attention is past-directed and autonoetic: it is placed on past events whose properties are retrieved in an act of simulated reliving. In episodic memory, the reliving of experience from one’s personal past, one attends to the past in a particular way but there is no reduction of the phenomenology of temporal experience to the representation of oneself as in the past.

Keywords:   philosophy of mind, Buddhist philosophy, episodic memory, autonoesis, mental time travel, narrative self

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