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Department of Philosophy

Forthcoming Research Seminars and Lectures

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31st January 2013; John Henry taylor (Durham) - 'Consciousness and Attention: do we even know what we're talking about?'

(10 July 2012)

Weekly Research Seminar

This seminar will be held in room 005, 48/49 Old Elvet, Durham.  Refreshments will be served from 11am with the talk commencing  at 11.30am.

Title:  'Consciousness and Attention: do we even know what we're talking about?'


In this paper I shall examine the recent debate over whether attention is necessary and/or sufficient for phenomenal consciousness. I shall firstly examine the views of several thinkers who think that attention is necessary and sufficient for phenomenal consciousness. I shall argue that this debate has reached a deadlock, due to a lack of a common understanding of 'attention'. I shall then outline some other theorists' views on the matter and suggest problems with them.

This will lead me into a wider discussion of the nature of attention, and how I think we should try to understand it.

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