Attention Philosophical And Psychological Essays On Love

Attention

Philosophical and Psychological Essays

Edited by Christopher Mole, , Declan Smithies, and and Wayne Wu

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Edited by Christopher Mole, Department of Philosophy and in the Program in Cognitive Systems, University of British Columbia, , Declan Smithies, Department of Philosophy, Ohio State University, and and Wayne Wu, Centre for the Neural Basis of Cognition, Carnegie Mellon University

Christopher Mole teaches in the Department of Philosophy and in the Program in Cognitive Systems at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Declan Smithies teaches in the Department of Philosophy at the Ohio State University, and is a postdoctoral fellow at the Australian National University. Wayne Wu teaches in, and is associate director of, the Centre for the Neural Basis of Cognition at Carnegie Mellon University.

Contributors:

Alan Allport: University of Oxford, Department of Experimental Psychology. Katherine M. Armstrong: Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Neurobiology. John Campbell: University of California, Berkeley, Department of Philosophy. Imogen Dickie: University of Toronto, Department of Philosophy. Robert Kentridge: Durham University, Department of Psychology. Christopher Mole: University of British Columbia, Department of Philosophy. Sathyasri Narasimhan: University of Bradford, School of Life Sciences. Haluk Ogmen: University of Houston, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Ian Phillips: University College London, Department of Philosophy. Jesse J. Prinz: CUNY Graduate Centre, Department of Philosophy. Johannes Roessler: University of Warwick, Department of Philosophy. Christian C. Ruff: University of Zurich, Laboratory for Social and Neural Systems Research. Declan Smithies: Ohio State University, Department of Philosophy and Australian National University, Philosophy Program. Srimant P. Tripathy: University of Bradford, School of Life Sciences and University of Houston, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Sebastian Watzl: Harvard University, Department of Philosophy. Wayne Wu: Carnegie Mellon University, Centre for the Neural Basis of Cognition.

Attention Is Cognitive Unison: An Essay in Philosophical Psychology (Philosophy of Mind Series)3.8 · Rating details ·  5 Ratings  ·  0 Reviews

Some psychological phenomena can be explained by identifying and describing the processes that constitute them. Others cannot be explained in that way. In Attentioon is Cognitive Unison Christopher Mole gives a precise account of the metaphysical difference that divides these two categories and shows that, when current psychologists attempt to explain attention, they assigSome psychological phenomena can be explained by identifying and describing the processes that constitute them. Others cannot be explained in that way. In Attentioon is Cognitive Unison Christopher Mole gives a precise account of the metaphysical difference that divides these two categories and shows that, when current psychologists attempt to explain attention, they assign it to the wrong one. Having rejected the metaphysical approach taken by our existing theories of attention Mole then develops a new theory. According to this theory the question of whether someone is paying attention is not settled by the facts about which processes are taking place. It is settled by the facts about whether the processes that serve that person's task-- whichever processes those happen to be--are processes that operate in unison. This theory gives us a new account of the problems that have dogged debates about the psychology of attention since the middle of the twentieth century. It also gives us a new way to understand the explanatory importance of cognitive psychology's empirical findings. The book as whole shows that metaphysical questions have a foundational role to play in the explanatory project of cognitive psychology....more

Hardcover, 224 pages

Published January 10th 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published November 15th 2010)

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