Distraction

A Philosopher's Guide To Being Free

Damon Young
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Subjects

Philosophy

Published

1 September 2008

ISBN

9780522853742

Pages

256

Weight

244g

Size

195mm x 129mm

Subjects

Philosophy

Imprint

Melbourne University Press

Distraction

A Philosopher's Guide To Being Free

Damon Young
We all know what it is to be distracted—a feeling that our attention is not quite where it should be.
Though it is not a new complaint, at work and at home, in our social lives and in the bedroom, our attention is often torn between one thing and another. What does it mean to be distracted, and why? In this insightful journey through the lives of philosophers, artists and great political thinkers, Damon Young shows how rewarding patient, sensitive and thoughtful attention to the world can be. He suggests that the opposite of a life of distraction is one of genuine freedom.
We all know what it is to be distracted—a feeling that our attention is not quite where it should be.
Though it is not a new complaint, at work and at home, in our social lives and in the bedroom, our attention is often torn between one thing and another. What does it mean to be distracted, and why? In this insightful journey through the lives of philosophers, artists and great political thinkers, Damon Young shows how rewarding patient, sensitive and thoughtful attention to the world can be. He suggests that the opposite of a life of distraction is one of genuine freedom.

About the author

Damon Young

Damon Young is a prize-winning philosopher and writer. He is the author of seven books, including How to Think About Exercise, Philosophy in the Garden, Distraction and The Art of Reading. His works are published internationally in English and translation, and he has also written poetry and short fiction. Young is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

About Damon Young

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