Freedom evolves

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Allen Lane, 2003 - Education - 347 pages
18 Reviews
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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Review: Freedom Evolves

User Review  - Bar Shirtcliff - Goodreads

I'm pretty sure this book is mostly about Dumbo (Stop that crow!). No, really, Dennett uses the phrase "Stop that crow" at least a hundred times in the book, and it isn't because it adds substance to ... Read full review

Review: Freedom Evolves

User Review  - Gendou - Goodreads

Dennett cuts through the baggage wrought by naval-gazing philosophers of the past and gets to the heart of the issue of free will. He shows that determinism is no enemy of free will. He disproves ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter
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The Air We Breathe
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A TOOL FOR THINKING ABOUT DETERMlNlSM
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Copyright

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