Brainstorms: Philosophical Essays on Mind and Psychology / Edition 1

Brainstorms: Philosophical Essays on Mind and Psychology / Edition 1

by Daniel C. Dennett
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262540371

ISBN-13: 9780262540377

Pub. Date: 07/13/1981

Publisher: MIT Press

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262540377
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
07/13/1981
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
377
Sales rank:
1,111,950
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction xi
Part I. Intentional Explanation and Attributions of Mentality
Intentional Systems
3(20)
Reply to Arbib and Gunderson
23(16)
Brain Writing and Mind Reading
39(14)
Part II. The Nature of Theory in Psychology
Skinner Skinned
53(18)
Why the Law of Effect Will Not Go Away
71(19)
A Cure for the Common Code?
90(19)
Artificial Intelligence as Philosophy and as Psychology
109(20)
Part III. Objects of Consciousness and the Nature of Experience
Are Dreams Experiences?
129(20)
Toward a Cognitive Theory of Consciousness
149(25)
Two Approaches to Mental Images
174(16)
Why You Can't Make a Computer that Feels Pain
190(43)
Part IV. Free Will and Personhood
Mechanism and Responsibility
233(23)
The Abilities of Men and Machines
256(11)
Conditions of Personhood
267(19)
On Giving Libertarians What They Say They Want
286(14)
How to Change Your Mind
300(10)
Where Am I?
310(14)
Notes 324(15)
Acknowledgements 339(4)
Index 343

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