Freedom Evolves

Freedom Evolves

by Daniel C. Dennett
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Freedom Evolves by Daniel C. Dennett

Can there be freedom and free will in a deterministic world? Renowned philosopher Daniel Dennett emphatically answers “yes!” Using an array of provocative formulations, Dennett sets out to show how we alone among the animals have evolved minds that give us free will and morality. Weaving a richly detailed narrative, Dennett explains in a series of strikingly original arguments—drawing upon evolutionary biology, cognitive  neuroscience, economics, and philosophy—that far from being an enemy of traditional explorations of freedom, morality, and meaning, the evolutionary perspective can be an indispensable ally. In Freedom Evolves, Dennett seeks to place ethics on the foundation it deserves: a realistic, naturalistic, potentially unified vision of our place in nature.

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ISBN-13: 9780142003848
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/27/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 502,589
Product dimensions: 5.35(w) x 7.95(h) x 0.77(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Daniel C. Dennett is a professor and the director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. His books include Consciousness Explained and Darwin's Dangerous Idea, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

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This book contains the same perplexing amount of information as Darwin's Dangerous Idea. Those who take interest in learning how agents could be equipped with the ability to make 'moral' descisions(in the real sense of the word), will enjoy this breathtaking journey. If you possess a broad scope of vocabulary and enjoy following Dennett's process of logic that he uses to reach his assumption then the purchase of this book will not be reflected upon as being a bad descision. Two roads diverged in the wood, Dennett chose to take them all and then write a book about the journey.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The problem with all of Dennett's books, including this one, is that this author has no training whatsoever in, and no understanding at all of, Quantum Physics. Whereas the only really rigorously scientific approach to an in-depth understanding of consciousness absolutely requires a Quantum Physical treatment. All else is but anecdotal fluff, and Dennett's books - including this one and 'Consciousness explained' - are hugely disappointing. A sum of anecdotes does not by far amount to a theory, and it may just be that Dennett, despite his dogged and oft-repeated claims to the contrary, is actually missing the bigger picture by miles, just like Newton did 300 years ago for want of a more universal theory. A very good place to start could be Harry Walker's book on consciouness, then a good understanding of current leading-edge physics would not be amiss, because it is entirely within the confines of this wider physics that consciousness arises.