ISBN-10:
0262540371
ISBN-13:
9780262540377
Pub. Date:
07/13/1981
Publisher:
MIT Press
Brainstorms: Philosophical Essays on Mind and Psychology / Edition 1

Brainstorms: Philosophical Essays on Mind and Psychology / Edition 1

by Daniel C. Dennett
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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.

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: The MIT Press
Pages: 424
Sales rank: 305,998
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Daniel C. Dennett is University Professor Codirector of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. He is the author of Brainchildren: Essays on Designing Minds ; Sweet Dreams: Philosophical Obstacles to a Science of Consciousness ; Elbow Room : T he Varieties of Free Will Worth Wanting ; Sweet Dreams: Philosophical Obstacles to a Science of Consciousness (all published by the MIT Press), From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Mind , and other books.

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

What People are Saying About This

Noam Chomsky

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....

Endorsement

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

From the Publisher

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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