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Dennett's Philosophy : A Comprehensive Assessment - Don Ross

Dennett's Philosophy

A Comprehensive Assessment

By: Don Ross (Editor), Andrew Brook (Editor), David Thompson (Editor)

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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. Contributors: Andrew 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.

Introduction: The Dennettian Stance
Daniel Dennett's Views on the Power and Pervasiveness of Natural Selection: An Evolutionary Biologist's Perspective
Good Tricks and Forced moves, or, The Antinomy of Natural Reason
Reading Mother Nature's Mind
Indeterminacy and Realism
Real Patterns and Surface Metaphysics
Where Do Dennett's Stances Stand? Explaining Our Kind of Mind
Rainforest Realism: A Dennettian Theory of Existence
Popping the Thought Balloon
Phenomenology and Heterophenomenology: Husseri and Dennett on Reality and Science
Judgments and Drafts Eight Years Later
Zombies Explained
Content, Interpretation, and Consciousness
Dennett on Ethics: Fitting the Facts against Greed for the Good
With a Little Help from My Friends
Name Index
Subject Index
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ISBN: 9780262681179
ISBN-10: 026268117X
Series: Dennett's Philosophy
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 23rd October 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.54