Attention, visual consciousness and indeterminacy
Stazicker, J. (2011) Attention, visual consciousness and indeterminacy. Mind and Language, 26 (2). pp. 156-184. ISSN 1468-0017
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To link to this article DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0017.2011.01414.x
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.