Sebastian Watzl

Associate Professor - Philosophy
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I work in the philosophy of mind, action theory, and philosophy of cognitive science and the biosciences. From there it reaches into ethics and epistemology, general philosophy of science, as well as metaphysics. While it engages central philosophical topics, my approach often involves close dialogue with empirical research.

I have been at the University of Oslo since 2012. From 2014-2017 I was a core group member of the Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature (CSMN), a Norwegian Centre of Excellence. Before that I was a postdoc in Oslo, and at Harvard's Mind Brain Behavior program. I did my PhD at Columbia University (USA), after degrees in philosophy (NYU) and biology (HU Berlin).

Here are some short pieces on attention, action, and consciousness, that give you an idea of some of the things I am interested in. For more details see my personal website.

Tags: Philosophy


Watzl, S. (2017). Structuring Mind. The Nature of Attention and How it Shapes Consciousness, Oxford University Press

Watzl, S.(2014). Perceptual Guidance, Ratio, 27(4): 369–505

Watzl, S. (2013). Silencing the experience of change, Philosophical Studies, 165(3): 1009- 1032

Watzl, S. (2011). Attention as structuring the stream of consciousness, In: Attention: Philosophical and Psychological Essays (eds. Mole C., Smithies D. and Wu W.), Oxford University Press


  • Watzl, Sebastian (2019). Can Representationism Explain How Attention Affects Appearances?, In Adam Pautz & Daniel Stoljar (ed.),  Blockheads! Essays on Ned Block's Philosophy of Mind and Consciousness.  MIT Press.  ISBN 9780262038720.  35.  s 581 - 608
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2018). Consciousness and no self?. Ratio.  ISSN 0034-0006.  31(4), s 363- 375 . doi: 10.1111/rati.12216
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2018). Is Attention a Non-Propositional Attitude?, In Alex Grzankowski & Michelle Montague (ed.),  Non-Propositional Intentionality.  Oxford University Press.  ISBN 0198732570.  12.  s 272 - 302
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2014). Attentional organization and the unity of consciousness. Journal of Consciousness Studies.  ISSN 1355-8250.  21(7-8), s 56- 87
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2014). Perceptual guidance. Ratio.  ISSN 0034-0006.  27(4), s 414- 438 . doi: 10.1111/rati.12084
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2013). Silencing the experience of change. Philosophical Studies.  ISSN 0031-8116.  165(3), s 1009- 1032
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2012). Review of "Joint Attention: New Develoments in Psychology, Philosophy of Mind, and Social Neuroscience" edited by Axel Seemann. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.  ISSN 1538-1617.
  • Watzl, Sebastian & Wu, Wayne (2012). Review of "Perplexities of Consciousness" by eric Schwitzgebel. Mind.  ISSN 0026-4423.  121(482), s 524- 529

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  • Watzl, Sebastian (2017). Structuring Mind: The Nature of Attention and how it Shapes Consciousness. Oxford University Press.  ISBN 9780199658428.  336 s.

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  • Watzl, Sebastian (2019). The Rationality of Salience.
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2018). Attention Rights.
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2018). Consciousness is something you do. The Brains Blog.
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2018). Earthworms, Google servers, and an important kind of freedom. The Brains Blog.
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2018). How attention shapes consciousness. The Brains Blog.
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2018). Jonardon Ganeri "Attention, Not Self". Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.  ISSN 1538-1617. . doi:
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2018). Keynote Address "Attention: Nature and Normativity".
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2018). Structures of the Mind. The Brains Blog. . doi:
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2018). The Desire-Perception Distinction.
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2018). The Desire-Perception Distinction.
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2018). The Ethics of Attention.
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2018). The Rational Role of Salience.
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2018). Who needs a theory of attention?. The Brains Blog. . doi:
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2017). Attention, or how to organize the mind. OUPblog.
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2016). Commentary on Denis Buehler's "Guidance of Visual Attention".
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2016). Priority Norms.
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2015). Attention and Importance.
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2015). Attention: The Form of Consciousness.
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2015). Consciousness Beyond Appearances: Attentional Organization, Phenomenal Priming, and Reflexive Awareness.
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2015). Is Attention the Form of Consciousness?.
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2015). Is Attention the Form of Consciousness?.
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2015). Salience Norms.
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2015). Salience. Dynamics for Consciousness.
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2015). Social Attention.
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2015). What is Attention?.
  • Watzl, Sebastian & Siegel, Susanna (2015). Salience Norms.
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2014). Attention and Consciousness. Appearance, Organization, and Control.
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2014). Brains and Philosophers. Neuroscience and the Human Mind.
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2014). How is Perceptual Guidance Possible?.
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2014). Is attention an object-directed attitude?.
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2014). Online Symposium on Philipp Koralus' “The Erotetic Theory of Attention”.
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2014). Perceptual Guidance.
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2014). Subjects and Subjective Character.
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2013). Comments on Watson's “Shifts of Attention, Competition for Attention and the Subject of Attention; Contrasting Indian Perspectives.
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2013). How Attention Structures Consciousness.
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2013). How Attention Structures Consciousness.
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2013). How Attention Structures Consciousness.
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2013). Is attention one or many? And why should we care?.
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2013). Organizing Mind.
  • Watzl, Sebastian (2013). The Unity and Subjectivity of Consciousness Unified. Attention and Phenomenal Unity.

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