Christopher MoleApr 27, 2012
Attention is Cognitive Unison
An Essay in Philosophical Psychology
University Press 2011
Chris Mole's book, Attention is Cognitive Unison: An Essay in Philosophical Psychology (Oxford University Press, 2011) provides a wonderfully elegant answer to a deceptively simple question: What does it mean to pay attention? What is "attention," and why does it matter to science studies? In addition to offering a beautifully worked-out answer to the question of attention, Mole offers a way to think about how philosophy and science can fruitfully speak to each other in ways that can benefit both fields. Our conversation about the book ranged from considering the non-spooky nature of metaphysics, to the distinction between events and objects, to Mole's musical metaphor for thinking about cognitive processes. Enjoy!