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Distraction: A Philosopher's Guide To Being Free [Kindle Edition]

Damon Young
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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.

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We all know what it is to be distracted - a feeling that our attention is not quite where it should be. While it is not a new complaint, modern life is plagued by distractions. At work and at home, in relationships 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 romp through the history of philosophy, 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 604 KB
  • Print Length: 153 pages
  • Publisher: Melbourne University Publishing (1 Sep 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A2QSZHC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #690,671 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A different view on things 1 Aug 2009
Format:Paperback
I thought this is philosophy at it's best: it's about life, and offers a different take on things than you find normally. Distraction is the bugbear of our age. It's hard to know what to do about it. Why is turning off the TV so painful? But if you can't beat it, can you make it work for you? That's what the book is about. Really, distractions are just a reflection of the demands and necessities of life. So they can be thought of as prompts into thinking about just what you want to put your time into. There is such a thing as meaningful distractions, if you can work out what they might be. The book concludes with the nice thought that life is to be smiled at, not flinched from. I liked that modesty.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Philosophy and Self-Help and Reflection all-in-one 18 Jan 2009
By Malcolm Gorman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
We are all distracted, by office interruptions, SMS, RSS feeds, and emails.

Distraction takes a philosophical perspective (technical/academic philosophical -- not new age or mere reflection) on what distracts us and how it reduces our freedom to direct our lives.

The book leads gently (almost by distracting the reader -- I jest) into the life habits and opinions of leading philosophers through the ages who have grappled directly or indirectly with distraction.

Rather than a simple self-help approach, Distraction changes the way you THINK ABOUT distractions and where your life is leading -- particularly, where you are leading your life to. And is an educational read into the bargain.
2.0 out of 5 stars Huh? 16 Mar 2012
By T. Collins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This started out as an interesting read but I found it increasingly difficult to keep my interest the farther I got into it. My focus finally fizzled out half way into chapter 4 after which I just skimmed my way through to the end of the book. I kept wondering just what the point really was, and if he ever actually made it I must have missed it. The conclusion certainly wasn't memorable for me. Philosophy isn't so foreign to me so what did captivate me provided some very interesting and entertaining food for thought, it was just a bit obtuse at times. Maybe it was just me. Get the book from the library and find out for yourself.
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