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Attention and Indifference in Ignatius’s Spiritual Exercises

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This chapter argues that in the Spiritual Exercises, Ignatius of Loyola relies on a Christian ideal of attention that, though a predecessor of modern secular notions of attention, is also fundamentally different from them. The Spiritual Exercises is primarily a devotional ideal: the capacity of the mind to turn away from the world and towards God. The ideal included a notion of attention as focusing on a phenomenon within the world, but this everyday experience was not independent of the notion of attending to God but rather a sign and trace of the latter. The chapter suggests that the modern notion of attention as a neutral power of the mind emerged only after this spiritual ideal had received a new articulation due to the post-Reformation debates about grace and human agency.

Keywords: Christian ideal; divine grace; human agency; Ignatius of Loyola; Spiritual Exercises



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