The Problem of Distraction

The Problem of Distraction

Paul North


We reside in an age of distraction. modern analyses of tradition, politics, techno-science, and psychology insist in this. they generally recommend treatments for it, or how one can capitalize on it. but they virtually by no means examine the which means and historical past of distraction itself. This publication corrects this loss of consciousness. It inquires into the results of distraction, outlined now not because the contrary of realization, yet as actually discontinuous mind. man or woman needs to be reconceived, in accordance with this argument, no longer as quintessentially thought-bearing, yet as topic to repeated, causeless blackouts of mind.

The challenge of Distraction provides the 1st family tree of the concept that from Aristotle to the principally forgotten, early twentieth-century efforts via Kafka, Heidegger, and Benjamin to revolutionize the arts through distraction. additional, the booklet makes the case that our current problems can't be solved through convalescing or bettering cognizance. Not-always-thinking beings are beset by means of radical breaks of their event, yet during this manner also they are receptive to what has no longer and can't but be known as experience.

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