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‘For over thirty years Daniel Dennett has been among the
most important, innovative and engaging philosophers in the world.
With the appearance of his book, Consciousness Explained, in
1991, his fame and his influence spread throughout the academic
world and beyond. While there has been a great deal written about
Dennett’s ideas, until now we have had no systematic,
integrated account of the "real patterns" that run through
Dennett’s philosophy. Elton’s clear, readable and
well-informed book provides just such an account. This is the ideal
book for readers – and they are many – who’ve
been captivated by reading Dennett’s work and want to
understand how the themes that he explores with such intellectual
exuberance fit together in an integrated account of human agents
and the sciences that study them.’ – Professor
Stephen Stich, Department of Philosophy and Center for Cognitive
Science, Rutgers University
‘This is an excellent introduction to the twists and turns of Dennett’s thinking. In guiding the reader through a luminous yet sometimes puzzling maze of images, empirical excursions, thought experiments and hard arguments, Matthew Elton lays bare the deep unifying agenda that animates all of Dennett’s work. Combining the roles of careful critic and generous host, Elton’s patient excavations will help the novice and excite the expert.’ – Professor Andy Clark, Director of the Cognitive Science Program, Department of Philosophy, Indiana University
1. Dennett and the Philosophy of Mind.
2. Adopting A Stance.
3. Real Patterns.
4. Different Kinds Of Psychology.
5. Explaining Consciousness: The Basic Account.
6. Explaining Consciousness:Developments, Doubts And The Self.
7. Dennett's Darwin.
8. A Variety Of Free Will Worth Wanting.