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Diccionario filosófico
Complete edition

Diccionario de Filosofía
Brief definition of the most important concepts of philosophy.


A Dictionary of English Philosophical Terms Francis Garden


Vocabulary of Philosophy, Psychological, Ethical, Metaphysical
William Fleming

Biografías y semblanzas Biographical references and lives of philosophers

Brief introduction to the thought of Ortega y Gasset

History of Philosophy Summaries

Historia de la Filosofía
Explanation of the thought of the great philosophers; summaries, exercises...

Historia de la Filosofía
Digital edition of the History of Philosophy by Jaime Balmes

Historia de la Filosofía
Digital edition of the History of Philosophy by Zeferino González

Vidas, opiniones y sentencias de los filósofos más ilustres
Complete digital edition of the work of Diogenes Laertius

Compendio de las vidas de los filósofos antiguos

A brief history of Greek Philosophy
B. C. Burt


A Short History of Philosophy





ATTENTION (attendo, to stretch towards), concentrated observation, the voluntary directing of the energy of the mind towards an object. "The phrase direction of consciousness might often be advantageously substituted for it" (Holand's Mental Physiology, p. 14).

It implies Will, as distinct from Intelligence and Sensibility, being the voluntary direction of intelligence.


According to Dr Reid, "Attention is a voluntary act; it requires an active exertion to begin and to continue it; and it may be continued as long as we will; but consciousness is involuntary, and of no continuance, changing with every thought" (Intellectual Powers, essay I. ch. V.). According to Reid, Attention to external things is observation. Attention to the subjects of our own consciousness is reflection. Attention and abstraction are the same process, viewed in different relations (Hamilton's Metaphysics, lect. XIII. I. 236).



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