Attention psychology and pluralism

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There is an overriding orthodoxy amongst philosophers that attention is a ‘unified phenomenon’, subject to explanation by one monistic theory. In this paper, I examine whether this philosophical orthodoxy is reflected in the practice of psychology. I argue that the view of attention that best represents psychological work is a variety of conceptual pluralism. When it comes to the psychology of attention, monism should be rejected and pluralism should be embraced.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)935–956
Number of pages32
JournalThe British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Issue number4
Early online date22 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018


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