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
Number of pages32
JournalThe British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Early online date22 Aug 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Aug 2017