Content and Consciousness
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.
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 ...more