Chapter 6

Belief, Consciousness, Attention

Jonathan Leicester


A brief section on consciousness describes the different definitions the term has had, discusses the vexed issues of qualia, subjective experience, or mental events, and the explanatory gap, and announces the intention to take consciousness for granted and get on with the inquiry into the nature of belief. Attention is considered more fully, because it determines what we notice, which affects what we believe. There is deliberate attention and automatic attention, and a centre and periphery of attention. The factors that attract and terminate attention are discussed and illustrated.

Total Pages: 66-71 (6)

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