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The Cultivation of attention in the light of the works of Iris Murdoch
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (STING)
2012 (English)In: Attending to silence: educators and philosophers on the art of listening / [ed] Heny Fiskå Hägg, Aslaug Kristiansen, Kristiansand: Portal forlag, 2012, 1, p. 41-53Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this chapter I enquire into the notion of attention as part of the relationship between the individual and the surrounding world. I am especially interested in the cultivation of attention. Drawing on Iris Murdoch, I distinguish and discuss two different directions of attention: Firstly, I discuss an attention directed towards self. It is directed mainly towards egocentric wishes or personal narratives. It implies an enclosure into oneself, and it cultivates a relationship between self and world which is marked by self-centeredness. It may lessen the possibilities of new understandings. Secondly, I discuss attention as an aspect of heightened receptivity. I describe this as cultivating a relationship between the individual and her surroundings which is marked by a greater awareness of the limits of personal narratives. It can spur a curiosity towards all the new that could be explored in the world. I conclude the chapter by suggesting how this enquiry is of relevance to education: I argue that certain qualities of attention can hold a greater possibility of new understandings and I also suggest that such a cultivation benefits from places of stillness and silence.

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Kristiansand: Portal forlag, 2012, 1. p. 41-53
Keywords [en]
Cultivation, Attention, Iris Murdoch
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Humanities
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-31075ISBN: 978-82-92712-72-6 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-31075DiVA, id: diva2:653413
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The Silent SeminarsAvailable from: 2013-10-04 Created: 2013-10-04 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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