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1st Edition

A Philosophical Inquiry

Edited By

Sophie Archer

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ISBN 9780815385196
January 31, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
304 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Salience is both central to human life and relatively underexplored as a philosophical topic. Whether it bothers you that the picture on your wall isn’t straight, whose advice you should take, or whether you notice the homeless person at your feet as you squeeze your way down the street: these are all a function of salience. Salience is clearly of significance for a broad range of philosophical sub-disciplines, but what precisely is it?

This collection addresses this neglected question by considering the role of salience in a wide variety of areas: epistemology; philosophy of perception; philosophy of psychology; practical reason; feminist philosophy; and aesthetics. All 13 chapters have been specially commissioned for this volume, and are written by an international team of leading names in the field.

Salience: A Philosophical Inquiry is essential reading for students and researchers in epistemology, philosophy of mind and psychology, ethics, and metaphysics. It will also be of interest to those in related subjects such as politics, law, and sociology.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Salience and Philosophy Sophie Archer

1. Life Through a Lens: Aesthetic Virtue and Salience vs Kantian Disinterest Dan Cavedon-Taylor

2. Attention, Salience, and the Phenomenology of Visual Experience Hemdat Lerman 

3. Beyond ‘Salience’ and ‘Affordance’: Understanding Anomalous Experiences of Significant Possibilities Matthew Ratcliffe and Matthew Broome

4. On Salience-Based Theories of Demonstratives Ethan Nowak and Eliot Michaelson

5. The Ethics of Attention: An Argument and a Framework Sebastian Watzl 

6. Salience and What Matters Sophie Archer

7. Salience, Choice, and Vunerability Sophie-Grace Chappell

8. The Moral Psychology of Salience Christopher Mole

9. The Unquiet Life: Salience and Moral Responsibility Sabina Lovibond

10. On Salience and Sneakiness Mary Kate McGowan

11. Harmful Salience Perspectives Ella Whiteley

12. Salient Alternatives and Epistemic Injustice in Folk Epistemology Mikkel Gerken

13. Salience Principles for Democracy Susanna Siegel.


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Sophie Archer is Lecturer in Philosophy at Cardiff University, UK. Her primary research interests are in philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, and epistemology. She is currently working on a book about belief, provisionally entitled Janus-Faced Belief.