Freedom Evolves

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Penguin, 2004 - Philosophy - 347 pages

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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User Review  - gmicksmith - LibraryThing

Always erudite, always instructive, and always frustratingly dense Dennett here does not disappoint again. He takes on the task of explaining how much or how little free will and freedom the being called a person has. Read full review

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User Review  - Ramirez - LibraryThing

Please, note that the exposition and the writing should get 1/5. And it's a shame, since what Dennett has to say is awfully important. In a nutshell, Dennett claims that all the fear of genetic ... Read full review



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Daniel C. Dennett is a professor and the director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. His books include Consciousness Explained and Darwin s Dangerous Idea, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

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