Symposium on Philipp Koralus, “The Erotetic Theory of Attention” (Mind & Language 29 (1), 26-50)
Our next Mind & Language article symposium is on Philipp Koralus’ paper, “The Erotetic Theory of Attention: Questions, Focus and Distraction”, from the journal’s February 2014 issue, with commentaries by Felipe De Brigard, Christopher Mole, Catherine Stinson, and Sebastian Watzl.
In his paper, Philipp argues that the functional role of attention should be understood in terms of the relationship between questions and what counts as answers to those questions, showing how this account sheds light on numerous issues in the philosophical and psychological study of attention in perception, cognition, and action. Below, he summarizes the article in a brief précis, then responds to each of the commentaries.
Comments on this post will be open for at least a couple of weeks. Thanks to Philipp and all the commentators, and in advance to all of you for what I’m sure will be an excellent discussion. Thanks also to Sam Guttenplan, the other Minds & Language editors, and the staff at Wiley-Blackwell for their continued support of these symposia.
The relevant links are below: