Dennett's Philosophy: A Comprehensive Assessment

Dennett's Philosophy: A Comprehensive Assessment

by Don Ross
     
 

The influential philosopher Daniel Dennett is best known for his distinctive theory of mental content, his elucidation of how the complex components of mental processing seem to come together in the relatively coherent narratives that we tell ourselves about ourselves and in his vivid accounts of how to think about minds in their evolutionary setting. The essays in

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The influential philosopher Daniel Dennett is best known for his distinctive theory of mental content, his elucidation of how the complex components of mental processing seem to come together in the relatively coherent narratives that we tell ourselves about ourselves and in his vivid accounts of how to think about minds in their evolutionary setting. The essays in this collection step back to ask: Do the complex components of Dennett's work on intentionality,
consciousness, evolution, and ethics themselves come together into a coherent philosophical system?

The essays, which grew out of a conference attended by Dennett, consider evolution, intentionality, consciousness, ontology,
and ethics and free will. Unusually, for a collection of this kind, the authors were able to take account of Dennett's comments on their views. In the concluding essay,
"With a Little Help from My Friends," Dennett offers his own thoughts on the comprehensiveness of his philosophy.

ContributorsAndrew Brook, Timothy
Crowe, Daniel C. Dennett, Paul Dumouchel, Timothy Kenyon, Dan Lloyd, Ruth Garrett
Millikan, T. Brian Mooney, Thomas Polger, David Rosenthal, Don Ross, William Seager,
David Thompson, Christopher Viger.

The MIT Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262681179
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
10/23/2000
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Contributors
Preface
1 Introduction: The Dennettian Stance
2 Daniel Dennett's Views on the Power and Pervasiveness of Natural Selection: An Evolutionary Biologist's Perspective
3 Good Tricks and Forced moves, or, The Antinomy of Natural Reason
4 Reading Mother Nature's Mind
5 Indeterminacy and Realism
6 Real Patterns and Surface Metaphysics
7 Where Do Dennett's Stances Stand? Explaining Our Kind of Mind
8 Rainforest Realism: A Dennettian Theory of Existence
9 Popping the Thought Balloon
10 Phenomenology and Heterophenomenology: Husseri and Dennett on Reality and Science
11 Judgments and Drafts Eight Years Later
12 Zombies Explained
13 Content, Interpretation, and Consciousness
14 Dennett on Ethics: Fitting the Facts against Greed for the Good
15 With a Little Help from My Friends
Name Index
Subject Index

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