Philosophers and psychologists introduce general readers to Dennett's contribution to the understanding of human intentionality and agency, consciousness, developmental psychology, cognitive ethology, artificial intelligence, and evolutionary theory during the second half of the 20th century. A brief, annotated, primary and secondary bibliography is provided. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Table of Contents
Part I. Introduction: 1. Dennett's place in the intellectual world Andrew Brook and Don Ross; Part II. Consciousness: 2. The appearance of things Andrew Brook; 3. Catching consciousness in a recurrent net Paul M. Churchland; Part III. Uses of Dennett's Method: 4. The intentional stance: developmental and neurocognitive perspectives Richard Griffin and Simon Baron-Cohen; 5. Dennett's contribution to research on the animal mind Robert M. Seyfarth and Dorothy L. Cheney; 6. Dennettian behavioral explanations and the roles of the social sciences Don Ross; Part IV. Two Concerns: 7. That special something: Dennett on the making of minds and selves Andy Clark; 8. A question of content Kathleen Akins; Part V. Artificial Intelligence and Evolutionary Theory: 9. Dennett and artificial intelligence: on the same side, and if so, so what? Yorick Wilks; 10. Dennett and the Darwin wars Don Ross.