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The problem of distraction

Author: Paul North; UPSO eCollections (University Press Scholarship Online).
Publisher: Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2012], ©2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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We live in an age of distraction. Contemporary analyses of politics, culture and psychology insist on this. They often suggest remedies for it, yet fail to investigate the meaning and history of distraction itself. This book corrects this lack of distraction, defined not as the opposite of attention but as discontinuous intellect.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2010051611
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Paul North; UPSO eCollections (University Press Scholarship Online).
ISBN: 9780804778978 0804778973
OCLC Number: 872396211
Description: 1 online resource (233 pages .)
Contents: Prologue: Primal distraction. --
Not-always-thinking / Aristotle --
A face for distraction / La Bruyère --
Labyrinth of pure reflection / Kafka --
Dissipation --
power --
transcendence / Heidegger --
Time wears away / Benjamin --
Epilogue : distraction and politics --
Notes --
Works Cited --
Index.
Responsibility: Paul North.

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Rejecting the current conflation of distraction with diversion, this book presents the first genealogy of the concept from Aristotle to Kafka, Heidegger, and Benjamin's early twentieth-century use of  Read more...

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