shopping cart
nothing in cart
 
browse by subject
new releases
best sellers
sale books
browse by author
browse by publisher
home
about us
upcoming events
Jul 8th - Holding Difficult Conversations for Supervisors: An essential skill for a supervisor [SickKids CCMH Learning Institute]
Jul 9th - Building and Sustaining your Credibility and Influence as a New Supervisor [SickKids CCMH Learning Institute]
Jul 10th - Using the Unified Protocol for the Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Clinical Practice - live webinar [SickKids CCMH Learning Institute]
Jul 13th - ATTCH Summer 2020 Trauma & Attachment Certification Conference [Attachment and Trauma Treatment Centre for Healing (ATTCH)]
Jul 13th - When the Well is Dry: Compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and self-care - live webinar [SickKids CCMH Learning Institute]
schools agencies and other institutional orders (click here)
Free shipping across Canada for all orders over $50. Please read our Covid-19 statement here.
Join our mailing list! Click here to sign up.
The Centered Mind: What the Science of Working Memory Shows Us About the Nature of Human Thought
Carruthers, Peter
Oxford University Press / Softcover / 2017-08-01 / 0198801327
Memory / Cognitive Science
price: $27.50 (may be subject to change)
304 pages
Not in Stock, usually ships in 7-10 business days

The Centered Mind offers a new view of the nature and causal determinants of both reflective thinking and, more generally, the stream of consciousness. Peter Carruthers argues that conscious thought is always sensory-based, relying on the resources of the working-memory system. This system has been much studied by cognitive scientists. It enables sensory images to be sustained and manipulated through attentional signals directed at midlevel sensory areas of the brain. When abstract conceptual representations are bound into these images, we consciously experience ourselves as making judgments or arriving at decisions. Thus one might hear oneself as judging, in inner speech, that it is time to go home, for example. However, our amodal (non-sensory) propositional attitudes are never actually among the contents of this stream of conscious reflection. Our beliefs, goals, and decisions are only ever active in the background of consciousness, working behind the scenes to select the sensory-based imagery that occurs in working memory. They are never themselves conscious.

Drawing on extensive knowledge of the scientific literature on working memory and related topics, Carruthers builds an argument that challenges the central assumptions of many philosophers. In addition to arguing that non-sensory propositional attitudes are never conscious, he also shows that they are never under direct intentional control. Written with his usual clarity and directness, The Centered Mind will be essential reading for all philosophers and cognitive scientists interested in the nature of human thought processes.

About the Author:

Peter Carruthers is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Maryland. He is the author of numerous articles and books in philosophy of mind and cognitive science, and has co-edited seven volumes of interdisciplinary essays in cognitive science.

Caversham Booksellers
98 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S 1G6 Canada
(click for map and directions)
All prices in $cdn
Copyright 2020

Phone toll-free (800) 361-6120
Tel (416) 944-0962 | Fax (416) 944-0963
E-mail [email protected]
Hours: 9-6 Mon-Sat / Closed Sunday (EST)

search
Click here to read previous issues.
other lists
Cognitive Science
Memory
Oxford University Press