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Daniel Dennett
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  • 1 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 320 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.64 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 191
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: B945.D394 D36 2002
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Dennett, D. C.--(Daniel Clement)

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521803946 | ISBN-10: 0521803942)

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  • Published January 2002

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Author of such groundbreaking and influential books as Consciousness Explained and Darwin's Dangerous Idea, Daniel C. Dennett has reached a huge general and professional audience that extends far beyond the confines of academic philosophy. Dennett has made significant contributions to the study of consciousness, the development of the child's mind, cognitive ethnology, explanation in the social sciences, artificial intelligence, and evolutionary theory. This volume is the only truly introductory collection that traces these connections, explores the implications of Dennett's work, and furnishes the non-specialist with a fully-rounded account of why Dennett is such an important voice on the philosophical scene. Andrew Brook is Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies and Chair of the Cognitive Science Ph.D. at Carlton University. He co-authored Knowledge and Mind with Robert Stainton (MIT Press, 2000) and authored Kant and the Mind (Cambridge, 1994). He has co-edited three books including Dennett's Philosophy: A Comprehensive Assessment with Don Ross and David Thompson (MIT Press, 2000). Don Ross is Professor of Economics and Convenor of the Programme in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Cape Town. He is the author of numerous articles on the philosophy of cognitive science and the foundations of micoreconomics and game theory, and is co-editor of Dennett's Philosophy: A Comprehensive Assessment with Andrew Brook and David Thompson (MIT Press, 2000). He has presented lectures widely in his native Canada and in the United States, Europe, Africa and Australia.

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.

Review

"...one of the most succinct and engaging overviews of Dennett's stance currently available. Indeed, for anyone looking for a helpful companion to his or her initial engagement with Dennett's own writings, I know of no better place to start." Metapsychology Online Book Reviews

Contributors

Andrew Brook, Don Ross, Paul M. Churchland, Richard Griffin, Simon Baron-Cohen, Robert M. Seyfarth, Dorothy L. Cheney, Andy Clark, Kathleen Akins, Yorick Wilks

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