Brainstorms: Philosophical Essays on Mind and Psychology / Edition 1

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Overview

This collection of 17 essays by the author offers a comprehensive theory of mind, encompassing traditional issues of consciousness and free will. Using careful arguments and ingenious thought-experiments, the author exposes familiar preconceptions and hobbling institutions. The essays are grouped into four sections: Intentional Explanation and Attributions of Mentality; The Nature of Theory in Psychology; Objects of Consciousness and the Nature of Experience; and Free Will and Personhood.

"...One of the most important contributions to thinking about thinking yet written... ."---New York Review Of Books

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"The problems that Daniel Dennett addresses in his essays are crucial ones for philosophy and contemporary science. With a sure touch and a great deal of insight, he has subjected to analysis questions that lie at, or perhaps just beyond, the frontiers of the scientific study of mind and brain. Dennett's work should help guide progress in the understanding of the profound and troubling issues that have intrigued and perplexed critical minds for many centuries. His work is stimulating and impressive...." Noam Chomsky
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The problems that Daniel Dennett addresses in his essays are crucial ones for philosophy and contemporary science. With a sure touch and a great deal of insight, he has subjected to analysis questions that lie at, or perhaps just beyond, the frontiers of the scientific study of mind and brain. Dennett's work should help guide progress in the understanding of the profound and troubling issues that have intrigued and perplexed critical minds for many centuries. His work is stimulating and impressive....
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262540377
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 7/13/1981
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 377
  • Sales rank: 955,639
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel C. Dennett is University Professor and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy atTufts University. He is the author of Sweet Dreams: Philosophical Obstacles to a Science of Consciousness (MIT Press) and other books.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
I Intentional Explanation and Attributions of Mentality
1 Intentional Systems
2 Reply to Arbib and Gunderson
3 Brain Writing and Mind Reading
II The Nature of Theory in Psychology
4 Skinner Skinned
5 Why the Law of Effect Will Not Go Away
6 A Cure for the Common Code?
7 Artificial Intelligence as Philosophy and as Psychology
III Objects of Consciousness and the Nature of Experience
8 Are Dreams Experiences?
9 Toward a Cognitive Theory of Consciousness
10 Tow Approaches to Mental Images
11 Why You Can't Make a Computer that Feels Pain
IV Free Will and Personhood
12 Mechanism and Responsibility
13 The Abilities of Men and Machines
14 Conditions of Personhood
15 On Giving Libertarians What They Say They Want
16 How to Change Your Mind
17 Where Am I?
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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