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The Problem of Distraction$
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Paul North

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804775380

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804775380.001.0001

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Not-Always-Thinking / Aristotle

Not-Always-Thinking / Aristotle

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(p.17) Chapter 1 Not-Always-Thinking / Aristotle
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The Problem of Distraction
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804775380.003.0002

This chapter examines the views of Aristotle on the concept of distraction. It suggests that the specter of a non-attentional distraction haunted Aristotle in his attempt to theorize the soul and highlights his concerns about the image of an intermittent interruption of cognition. This chapter also discusses Aristotle's discovery of a version of distraction which he considered integral to the speculative construction of nous. He also believed that primal distraction both has to be investigated and has to be abandoned.

Keywords:   concept of distraction, Aristotle, interruption of cognition, nous, non-attentional distraction

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