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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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Thought and World

Thought and World

(p.57) 3 Thought and World
Attention, Not Self

Jonardon Ganeri

Oxford University Press

That the two kinds of description are distinct is evident. There is no obvious way to translate the terms of either account into those of the other or in any other way to achieve a nomological reduction of one account to the other. The ambitions of the two accounts are different: one seeks to describe what consciousness must be if mind is able intentionally to ‘bend onto’ world; the other attempts to describe how the mind departs from its natural state of rest and instead consciously to take up some aspect of the world about it. A distinction popular in cognitive science, the endogenous/exogenous distinction, is rejected. A conception of reality is defended according to which the world is not normatively inert.

Keywords:   Buddhist philosophy, philosophy of mind, psychological explanation, reality, intentionality

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