For helpful discussions and comments, thanks to Ned Block, Michael Caie, John Campbell, Zoe Drayson, Geoffrey Lee, Mike Martin, Alva Noë, Ariel Rokem, John Schwenkler, Michael Silver and members of his lab, and an anonymous referee.
Attention, Visual Consciousness and Indeterminacy
Article first published online: 15 MAR 2011
© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Mind & Language
Volume 26, Issue 2, pages 156–184, April 2011
How to Cite
STAZICKER, J. (2011), Attention, Visual Consciousness and Indeterminacy. Mind & Language, 26: 156–184. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0017.2011.01414.x
- Issue published online: 15 MAR 2011
- Article first published online: 15 MAR 2011
I propose a new argument showing that conscious vision sometimes depends constitutively on conscious attention. I criticise traditional arguments for this constitutive connection, on the basis that they fail adequately to dissociate evidence about visual consciousness from evidence about attention. On the same basis, I criticise Ned Block's recent counterargument that conscious vision is independent of one sort of attention (‘cognitive access'). Block appears to achieve the dissociation only because he underestimates the indeterminacy of visual consciousness. I then appeal to empirical work on the interaction between visual indeterminacy and attention, to argue for the constitutive connection.