Mental force and the advertence of bare attention
Abstract:Commentary on ‘The View from Within’, edited by Francisco Varela and Jonathan Shear
[opening paragraph]: The working hypothesis of this special issue of Journal of Consciousness Studies on ‘The View from Within’ -- that the world of inner experience can be scientifically and systematically explored -- represents the re-emergence of a perspective which, while once considered the foundation of all psychological research, has fallen on hard times throughout much of this now concluding century. There are a variety of reasons for this, some of them elegantly reviewed in the contributions to this issue by Varela & Shear and Vermersch, among others. But the predominant explanation for the orchestrated demeaning of first-person investigations during recent decades is rooted in the elevated role that the materialist perspective has ascended to in Western societies.
Document Type: Review Article
Affiliations: UCLA Department of Psychiatry, 760 Westwood Plaza, Room 67-468, Los Angeles, CA 90024-1759, USA.
Publication date: 1999-02-01