. In freedom evolves, naturalistic, Dennett seeks to place ethics on the foundation it deserves: a realistic, potentially unified vision of our place in nature. 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.
Elbow Room: The Varieties of Free Will Worth Wanting A Bradford BookA Bradford Book #ad - A landmark book in the debate over free will that makes the case for compatibilism. In this landmark 1984 work on free will, Daniel Dennett makes a case for compatibilism. This edition includes as its afterword Dennett's 2012 Erasmus Prize essay. He explores reason, the meaning of “can” and “could have done otherwise, ” responsibility and punishment, control and self-control, and why we would want free will in the first place.
Putting sociobiology in its rightful place, he concludes that we can have free will and science too. His aim, was a cleanup job, as he writes in the preface to this new edition, “saving everything that mattered about the everyday concept of free will, while jettisoning the impediments. In elbow room, dennett argues that the varieties of free will worth wanting—those that underwrite moral and artistic responsibility—are not threatened by advances in science but distinguished, explained, and justified in detail.
Dennett tackles the question of free will in a highly original and witty manner, drawing on the theories and concepts of fields that range from physics and evolutionary biology to engineering, automata theory, and artificial intelligence. A fresh reading of dennett's book shows how much it can still contribute to current discussions of free will.
Elbow Room: The Varieties of Free Will Worth Wanting A Bradford Book #ad - . He shows how the classical formulations of the problem in philosophy depend on misuses of imagination, the Nefarious Neurosurgeon, including the Peremptory Puppeteer, and he disentangles the philosophical problems of real interest from the “family of anxieties” in which they are often enmeshed—imaginary agents and bogeymen, and the Cosmic Child Whose Dolls We Are.
Consciousness ExplainedLittle, Brown and Company #ad - Dennett's exposition is nothing short of brilliant. George johnson, new york times book review Consciousness Explained is a a full-scale exploration of human consciousness. In this landmark book, daniel dennett refutes the traditional, commonsense theory of consciousness and presents a new model, based on a wealth of information from the fields of neuroscience, psychology, and artificial intelligence.
Our current theories about conscious life-of people, animal, even robots--are transformed by the new perspectives found in this book. Brilliant. As audacious as its title. Mr.
Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meaning of LifeSimon & Schuster #ad - Dennett, " focuses his unerringly logical mind on the theory of natural selection, whom Chet Raymo of The Boston Globe calls "one of the most provocative thinkers on the planet, showing how Darwin's great idea transforms and illuminates our traditional view of humanity's place in the universe. In a book that is both groundbreaking and accessible, Daniel C.
Dennett vividly describes the theory itself and then extends Darwin's vision with impeccable arguments to their often surprising conclusions, challenging the views of some of the most famous scientists of our day.
From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of MindsW. W. Norton & Company #ad - Disciples of darwin have explained how natural selection produced plants, but what about the human mind?In From Bacteria to Bach and Back, Daniel C. A supremely enjoyable, intoxicating work. Naturehow did we come to have minds? For centuries, poets, philosophers, psychologists, and physicists have wondered how the human mind developed its unrivaled abilities.
Dennett builds on recent discoveries from biology and computer science to show, step by step, how a comprehending mind could in fact have arisen from a mindless process of natural selection. A crucial shift occurred when humans developed the ability to share memes, or ways of doing things not based in genetic instinct.
From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds #ad - Competition among memes produced thinking tools powerful enough that our minds don’t just perceive and react, they create and comprehend. An agenda-setting book for a new generation of philosophers and scientists, From Bacteria to Bach and Back will delight and entertain all those curious about how the mind works.
Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural PhenomenonPenguin Books #ad - Is religion a product of blind evolutionary instinct or rational choice? Is it truly the best way to live a moral life? Ranging through biology, and psychology, history, Daniel C. Not an antireligious screed but an unblinking look beneath the veil of orthodoxy, Breaking the Spell will be read and debated by believers and skeptics alike.
The new york times bestseller – a “crystal-clear, constantly engaging” jared Diamond exploration of the role that religious belief plays in our lives and our interactionsFor all the thousands of books that have been written about religion, few until this one have attempted to examine it scientifically: to ask why—and how—it has shaped so many lives so strongly.
Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon #ad - Dennett charts religion’s evolution from “wild” folk belief to “domesticated” dogma.
Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for ThinkingW. W. Norton & Company #ad - His answers have combined rigorous argument with strong empirical grounding. As always, his goal remains to teach you how to "think reliably and even gracefully about really hard questions. A sweeping work of intellectual seriousness that’s also studded with impish delights, Intuition Pumps offers intrepid thinkers—in all walks of life—delicious opportunities to explore their pet ideas with new powers.
Ranging across disciplines as diverse as psychology, biology, and physics, computer science, Dennett’s tools embrace in equal measure light-heartedness and accessibility as they welcome uninitiated and seasoned readers alike. Dennett has engaged questions about science and the workings of the mind. With patience and wit, dennett deftly deploys his thinking tools to gain traction on these thorny issues while offering readers insight into how and why each tool was built.
Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking #ad - Alongside well-known favorites like occam’s razor and reductio ad absurdum lie thrilling descriptions of Dennett’s own creations: Trapped in the Robot Control Room, Beware of the Prime Mammal, and The Wandering Two-Bitser. And a lot of fun. Intuition pumps and other tools for thinking offers seventy-seven of Dennett’s most successful "imagination-extenders and focus-holders" meant to guide you through some of life’s most treacherous subject matter: evolution, mind, meaning, and free will.
Over a storied career, Daniel C.
Free WillFree Press #ad - A belief in free will touches nearly everything that human beings value. In this enlightening book, sam harris argues that this truth about the human mind does not undermine morality or diminish the importance of social and political freedom, but it can and should change the way we think about some of the most important questions in life.
It is difficult to think about law, religion, public policy, intimate relationships, politics, morality—as well as feelings of remorse or personal achievement—without first imagining that every person is the true source of his or her thoughts and actions. And yet the facts tell us that free will is an illusion.
On TruthKnopf #ad - His book will have sentient beings across America asking, "The truth—why didn't I think of that?". But where are we headed? is our fast and easy way with the facts actually crippling us? or is it "all good"? Really, anyway?With the same leavening wit and commonsense wisdom that animates his pathbreaking work On Bullshit, what's the use of truth, Frankfurt encourages us to take another look at the truth: there may be something there that is perhaps too plain to notice but for which we have a mostly unacknowledged yet deep-seated passion.
Having outlined a theory of bullshit and falsehood, Harry G. Frankfurt turns to what lies beyond them: the truth, a concept not as obvious as some might expect. Our culture's devotion to bullshit may seem much stronger than our apparently halfhearted attachment to truth. Some people professional thinkers won't even acknowledge "true" and "false" as meaningful categories, and even those who claim to love truth cause the rest of us to wonder whether they, too, aren't simply full of it.
On Truth #ad - Practically speaking, often finding alternatives to be more saleable, many of us deploy the truth only when absolutely necessary, and yet somehow civilization seems to be muddling along.
Brainstorms: Philosophical Essays on Mind and Psychology The MIT PressThe MIT Press #ad - This collection of seventeen essays by Dennett offers a comprehensive theory of mind, encompassing traditional issues of consciousness and free will. 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.
This anniversary edition includes a new introduction by dennett, “Reflections on Brainstorms after Forty Years, ” in which he recalls the book's original publication by Harry and Betty Stanton of Bradford Books and considers the influence and afterlife of some of the essays. Daniel dennett was a young scholar who wanted to get philosophers out of their armchairs—and into conversations with psychologists, linguists, computer scientists.
For example, “mechanism and responsibility” was dennett's first articulation of his concept of the intentional stance; “Are Dreams Experiences?” anticipates the major ideas in his 1991 book Consciousness Explained; and “Where Am I?” has been variously represented in a BBC documentary, and a feature-length film made in the Netherlands, a student's Javanese shadow puppet play, Victim of the Brain.
Brainstorms: Philosophical Essays on Mind and Psychology The MIT Press #ad - An anniversary edition of a classic in cognitive science, with a new introduction by the author. When brainstorms was published in 1978, the interdisciplinary field of cognitive science was just emerging. Using careful arguments and ingenious thought experiments, the author exposes familiar preconceptions and hobbling intuitions.
Four Views on Free Will Great Debates in Philosophy Book 12Wiley-Blackwell #ad - Four serious and well-known philosophers explore the opposing viewpoints of libertarianism, hard incompatibilism, compatibilism, in a lively and engaging conversation Offers the reader a one of a kind, and revisionism The first half of the book contains each philosopher’s explanation of his particular view; the second half allows them to directly respond to each other’s arguments, interactive discussion Forms part of the acclaimed Great Debates in Philosophy series .
Focusing on the concepts and interactions of free will, and determinism, moral responsibility, this text represents the most up-to-date account of the four major positions in the free will debate.