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Locke on Attention (2017)


Locke’s remarks about attention have not received a great deal of attention from commentators. In Section 1, I make the case that attention plays an important role in his philosophy. In Section 2, I describe and discuss five Lockean claims about attention. In Section 3, I explore Locke’s views about attention in relation to his account of sense perception. He thinks that we attend to objects by attending to ideas, and I argue that he treats sensory ideas as transparent in a particular sense. In Section 4, I raise the worry that some of Locke’s remarks about attention seem at odds with his doctrine of the transparency of the mind. I offer two ways of resolving the problem, and suggest that they are parts of a single story.

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Article Federico Boccaccini; Anna Marmodoro (2017) Powers, Abilities and Skills in Early Modern Philosophy. British Journal for the History of Philosophy (pp. 435-442). unapi

Article Federico Boccaccini; Anna Marmodoro (2017) Powers, Abilities and Skills in Early Modern Philosophy. British Journal for the History of Philosophy (pp. 435-442). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Gori, Pietro
Boccaccini, Federico
Baker, Bernadette M.
Sodano, Joel P.
Marmodoro, Anna
Wilson, Robert A.
Journal of the History of Ideas
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Philosophical Psychology
Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation
Cambridge University Press
Virginia Polytechnic Institute
University of Chicago Press
Oxford University Press
Philosophy of mind
Mind and body
Emotions; passions
Senses and sensation; perception
Locke, John
Descartes, René
Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm von
Cudworth, Ralph
Venn, John
Thomas Aquinas, Saint
Time Periods
17th century
18th century
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
Early modern
Great Britain
Cambridge University

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