Meditation and self-control

  title={Meditation and self-control},
  author={Noa Latham},
  journal={Philosophical Studies},
  • N. Latham
  • Published 1 July 2016
  • Psychology
  • Philosophical Studies
This paper seeks to analyse an under-discussed kind of self-control, namely the control of thoughts and sensations. I distinguish first-order control from second-order control and argue that their central forms are intentional concentration and intentional mindfulness respectively. These correspond to two forms of meditation, concentration meditation and mindfulness meditation, which have been regarded as central both in the traditions in which the practices arose and in the scientific… 

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