Dennett's Philosophy: A Comprehensive Assessment

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Overview

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.

Contributors: Andrew Brook, TimothyCrowe, Daniel C. Dennett, Paul Dumouchel, Timothy Kenyon, Dan Lloyd, Ruth Garrett Millikan, T. BrianMooney, Thomas Polger, David Rosenthal, Don Ross, William Seager, David Thompson, ChristopherViger.

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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)

Meet the Author

Don Ross is Professor of Economics and Dean of Commerce at the University of Cape Town, andResearch Fellow in the Center for Economic Analysis of Risk at Georgia State University.. He is the author of Economic Theory and Cognitive Science: Microexplanation (MIT Press,2005), companion volume to Midbrain Mutiny.

Andrew Brook is Professor of Philosophy, Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, and Chair of the Cognitive Science Program at Carleton University, Ottawa.

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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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