Salience is both central to human life and relatively underexplored as a philosophical topic. Whether it bothers you that the picture on your wall is wonky, whose advice you should take, whether you notice the homeless person at your feet as you squeeze your way down Oxford Street: these are all a function of salience. Salience is clearly of significance for a broad range of philosophical problems but rarely, if ever, has salience itself been the theme. This volume makes it so in an attempt to learn more about the place of salience in philosophy.

All 13 chapters have been specially commissioned for this volume, and are written by an international team of leading philosophers.

Salience: A Philosophical Inquiry is essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy of mind and psychology, epistemology, and ethics. It will also be of interest to those in related subjects such as psychology, politics, and law.

chapter |9 pages

Introduction: Salience and philosophy

BySophie Archer

chapter 2|26 pages

Attention, salience, and the phenomenology of visual experience

ByHemdat Lerman

chapter 4|19 pages

On salience-based theories of demonstratives

ByEliot Michaelson, Ethan Nowak

chapter 5|24 pages

The ethics of attention: An argument and a framework 1

BySebastian Watzl

chapter 6|17 pages

Salience and what matters

BySophie Archer

chapter 7|10 pages

Salience, choice, and vulnerability

BySophie Grace Chappell

chapter 8|19 pages

The moral psychology of salience

ByChristopher Mole

chapter 9|18 pages

The unquiet life: Salience and moral responsibility

BySabina Lovibond

chapter 10|16 pages

On salience and sneakiness

ByMary Kate McGowan

chapter 11|20 pages

Harmful salience perspectives ∗

ByElla Whiteley

chapter 12|22 pages

Salient alternatives and epistemic injustice in folk epistemology

ByMikkel Gerken

chapter 13|32 pages

Salience principles for democracy *

BySusanna Siegel