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Content and Consciousness is an original and ground-breaking attempt to elucidate a problem integral to the history of Western philosophical thought: the relationship of the mind and body. In this formative work, Dennett sought to develop a theory of the human mind and consciousness based on new and challenging advances in the field that came to be known as cognitive scien ...more
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Published February 26th 2010 by Routledge (first published 1969)
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Koen Crolla
Tedious, tedious. This was worth a D.Phil.?
I don't know why I bother to read Dennett anymore; it's clear that when it comes to philosophy of the mind, he's all style and no substance. While Content and Consciousness isn't as bad as some of his other books on the subject, which have tended to read like Sokal hoaxes, it's still full of obfuscatory tangents and meaningless word games which, while sometimes conceivably moderately entertaining (you know, to someone else), are completely irrelevant an
Jonathan Norton
Dennett's first work, based on his DPhil from the mid-60s. The influence of Wittgenstein, Ryle & Anscombe is large and acknowledged, but he is already impatient with the linguistic concerns of Oxford philosophy and moving into direct speculations about cog.sci. The broad structure of his approach is laid down, and is the same as the programme he has followed since. Although much of the positive theories sketched out here have been revised, the main negative points (rejection of private objec ...more
Dave Peticolas

After reading Darwin's Dangerous Idea, I decided to read Dennet's other books. This book is Dennet's Ph.D. thesis in which he sets out the problem of mind, disposes of some of the common fallacies in the philosophy of mind, and maps out some of the parameters that an analysis of the mind would have to adhere to. Although not as exciting as Darwin's Dangerous Idea, the writing shows Dennet's trademark clarity and I look forward to reading his subsequent efforts.

Certainly some of the most eloquent, engaging, and insightful philosophy I've read. Some of the content is probably a bit dated but I don't know enough to say so.
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"Daniel Clement Dennett (born March 28, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts) is a prominent American philosopher whose research centers on philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and philosophy of biology, particularly as those fields relate to evolutionary biology and cognitive science. He is currently the co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies and the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philoso ...more
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