Daniel Dennett

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  • Copyright: 2009-08-15
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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Daniel Dennett is one of America's most important and influential contemporary philosophers. He has made considerable contributions to the philosophy of mind and to evolutionary thought.

Author Biography

David L. Thompson is Professor of Philosophy (retired) at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. His previous publications include Dennett's Philosophy: A Comprehensive Assessment (edited with Don Ross and Andrew Brook, MIT Press, 2000).

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
The Project of Naturalismp. 1
Daniel Dennettp. 1
Historical Context of Naturalismp. 2
Dennett and Contemporary Thoughtp. 5
Outlinep. 7
What Consciousness is Not: The Critique of Cartesianismp. 10
Cartesian Dualismp. 11
Heterophenomenologyp. 14
The Cartesian Theaterp. 18
The Absence of Real Presencep. 25
No Real Seemingp. 29
What Consciousness is: The Multiple Drafts Modelp. 34
Functionp. 34
Contextp. 36
Multiple Drafts Modelp. 46
Languagep. 50
The Stream of Consciousnessp. 52
Is Consciousness an Illusion?p. 54
Evolution: Getting Here from Therep. 58
Darwin's Theory of Evolutionp. 58
The Adaptationist Algorithmp. 60
Explaining by Contingencyp. 66
Human Naturep. 67
Reductionismp. 76
Selfhood: Memes, Language, and Narrativep. 78
Early Selvesp. 79
Human Selvesp. 80
Narrative Selfhoodp. 82
Status of the Selfp. 87
Ontology: Stances, Patterns, and Realismp. 89
Stancesp. 90
Reality of Beliefsp. 92
Patternsp. 98
Semantic Causalityp. 101
Realismp. 103
Freedom: What is Worth Having?p. 106
Free Willp. 107
Self-Controlp. 108
Freedom Worth Havingp. 115
Evolution of Freedomp. 118
Ethics and Religion: Evolution and Beyondp. 121
Ethicsp. 122
Heuristicsp. 122
Evolution of Ethicsp. 123
Creation of New Valuesp. 127
Summary So Farp. 130
Religionp. 131
Study of Religionp. 131
Evolution of Religionp. 134
Institutional Religionp. 138
Evaluation of Religionp. 141
What to Do?p. 144
Conclusion: Synthesis and Critical Assessmentp. 147
Central Themesp. 147
Critical Assessmentp. 151
Methodp. 151
Sciencep. 152
Realismp. 153
Interpretationp. 154
Bibliographyp. 158
Indexp. 161
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