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The Problem of Distraction

Paul North


We live in an age of distraction. Contemporary analyses of culture, politics, techno-science, and psychology insist on this. They often suggest remedies for it, or ways to capitalize on it. Yet they almost never investigate the meaning and history of distraction itself. This book corrects this lack of attention. It inquires into the effects of distraction, defined not as the opposite of attention, but as truly discontinuous intellect. Human being has to be reconceived, according to this argument, not as quintessentially thought-bearing, but as subject to repeated, causeless blackouts of mind. ... More

Keywords: distraction, attention, experience, Franz Kafka, Martin Heidegger, Walter Benjamin, Aristotle

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780804775380
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804775380.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul North, author