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Content and Consciousness

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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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Dave Peticolas
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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.

Sumeyye Pa
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
better than I expected. Older philosophy books I find better informative and argumentative in an attractive balance.
Koen Crolla
Aug 28, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
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
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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
Ann Michael
This book is essentially Dennett's PhD thesis. I've read some of his later work, so this one is interesting in terms of where his ideas were formulated--it's also nice to note the philosopher's trademark humor goes back to his beginnings as a writer in the fields of philosophy, neurology, etc (consciousness and theories of minds).
Johnny
Nov 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 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 ...more
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