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Brainstorms: Philosophical Essays on Mind and Psychology
This collection of 17 essays by the author offers a comprehensive theoryof mind, encompassing traditional issues of consciousness and free will. Usingcareful arguments and ingenious thought-experiments, the author exposes familiarpreconceptions and hobbling institutions. The essays are grouped into four sections: Intentional Explanation and Attributions of Mentality; The N ...more
Paperback, 377 pages
Published July 13th 1981 by Mit Press
(first published 1978)
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Not an enjoyable read at all. It suffers from serious academia-oriented writing with a dash of its time period to make it even more stale. Don't get me wrong, there are some important ideas in here, but it is so not reader friendly. Combine that with how old the material is now and I couldn't recommend it as a read unless one were doing specific research on the topic and just had to include it for the sake of completeness.
This book has some worthy insights, and is good for understanding the popular psych view from the era it was written in, and has some nice insights on the author's psychological worldview on the nature of dreams, although I wouldn't recommend it to anybody generally--maybe for some specific academic purposes. Still, it is a better love-story than Twilight.
Daniel Clement Dennett III is a prominent philosopher whose research centers on philosophy of mind, science, and biology, particularly as they relate to evolutionary biology and cognitive science. He is the co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies and the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University. Dennett is a noted atheist, avid sailor, and advocate of the Brights move ...moreMore about Daniel C. Dennett...