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- DescriptionWe live in an age of distraction. Contemporary analyses of culture, politics, tech-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 t as the opposite of attention, but as truly discontinuous intellect. Human being has to be reconceived, according to this argument, t as quintessentially thought-bearing, but as subject to repeated, causeless blackouts of mind.The Problem of Distraction presents the first genealogy of the concept from Aristotle to the largely forgotten, early twentieth-century efforts by Kafka, Heidegger, and Benjamin to revolutionize the humanities by means of distraction. Further, the book makes the case that our present troubles cant be solved by recovering or enhancing attention. Not-always-thinking beings are beset by radical breaks in their experience, but in this way they are also receptive to what has t and cant yet be called experience.
- Author BiographyPaul North is Assistant Professor of German at Yale University.
- Author(s)Paul North
- PublisherStanford University Press
- Date of Publication12/02/2012
- Place of PublicationPalo Alto
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStanford University Press
- Weight340 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine15 mm
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