A Dilemma for ‘Selection‐for‐Action’

Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 7 (2):139-149 (2018)
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Abstract

One of the most influential recent accounts of attention is Wayne Wu’s. According to Wu, attention is selection-for-action. I argue that this proposal faces a dilemma: either it denies clear cases of attention capture, or it acknowledges these cases but classifies many inattentive episodes as attentive.

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Denis Buehler
Institut Jean Nicod

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