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The erotetic theory of attention: Questions, focus, and distraction

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Attention has a role in much of perception, thought, and action. On the erotetic theory, the functional role of attention is a matter of the relationship between questions and what counts as answers to those questions. Questions encode the completion conditions of tasks for cognitive control purposes, and degrees of attention are degrees of sensitivity to the occurrence of answers. Questions and answers are representational contents given precise characterizations using tools from formal sema...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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Accepted manuscript

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10.1111/mila.12040

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, HUM, Philosophy Faculty
Publisher:
Wiley Online Library Publisher's website
Journal:
Mind and Language Journal website
Volume:
29
Issue:
1
Pages:
26-50
Publication date:
2014-02-04
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EISSN:
1468-0017
ISSN:
0268-1064
URN:
uuid:ec50e492-a2e3-4271-89d5-6396c2a3127b
Source identifiers:
416910
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pubs:416910
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