Is the grain of vision finer than the grain of attention? Response to Block


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In many theories in contemporary philosophy of mind, attention is constitutively linked to phenomenal consciousness (e.g. Prinz 2012). Ned Block (2013) has recently argued that ‘identity crowding’ provides an example of subjects consciously seeing something to which they are unable to attend. Here I examine the reasons that Block gives for thinking that this is a case of a consciously perceived item that we are unable to attend to, and I offer a different interpretation.