Over the last decade, attention has crawled from out of the shadows into the philosophical limelight with several important books and widely read articles. Carolyn Dicey Jennings has been a key player in the attention revolution, actively publishing in the area and promoting awareness. This book was much anticipated by insiders and does not disappoint. It is in no way redundant with respect to other recent monographs, covering both a different range of material and developing novel positions throughout. The book might have been called The Attending Self, since Jennings defines attention as mental prioritization controlled by the self. This invocation of the self is among her central innovations, and may prove to be the main source of controversy. I will highlight points of contention here, but want to emphasize at the outset that the book is essential reading for anyone interested in attention. Jennings also contributes to a...
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Book Review| July 01 2022
The Attending Mind
Jennings, Carolyn Dicey,
The Attending Mind.
Cambridge University Press,
The Philosophical Review (2022) 131 (3): 390–393.
Jesse Prinz; The Attending Mind. The Philosophical Review 1 July 2022; 131 (3): 390–393. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00318108-9743939
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