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Philosophy of Attention 

A seminar for M.A. and advanced B.A. students




Session 1: "Beyond brain mechanisms"

Session 2: "Attention is amplification, not selection"

Session 3: "The subject of attention"

Session 4: "Selection effects" + "Attention norms"

Session 5: "The ethics of attention"

Session 6: "Virtue and salience"

Session 7: "Attentional moral perception"

Session 8: "Attention, action and responsibility"

Session 9: "Beyond appearances"

Session 10: "Consciousness without attention"

Session 11: "Joint attention and perceptual experience"

Session 12: "Free will and Necker’s cube

Session 13: "Do we reflect when we perform skilful actions?"


Supplementary materials:

Session 13

  • Bruya, B., ed. (2010). Effortless attention (a collection of essays on skilled action, flow and top-down control).

Session 12

Session 11

Session 10

      - Easy

      - Hard

Session 7

  • Moral Machine (participate in a trolley dilemma online experiment)

    Studies on moral pop-out and binocular rivalry:

   Studies on eye-tracking and moral dilemmas:

    Studies on cheating and generosity:​

Session 4

Sessions 1-3

Warm-up readings

   Why should you care about attention?

   The philosophical landscape:

  • Attention (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry)

   The science of attention:

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