Freedom Evolves

ISBN-10: 0142003840
ISBN-13: 9780142003848
Edition: 2003
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List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/27/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Can there be freedom and free will in a deterministic world? Renowned philosopher Daniel Dennett emphatically answers yes! Using an array of provocative formulations, Dennett sets out to show how we alone among the animals have evolved minds that give us free will and morality. Weaving a richly detailed narrative, Dennett explains in a series of strikingly original argumentsdrawing upon evolutionary biology, cognitive neuroscience, economics, and philosophythat far from being an enemy of traditional explorations of freedom, morality, and meaning, the evolutionary perspective can be an indispensable ally. In Freedom Evolves, Dennett seeks to place ethics on the foundation it deserves: a realistic, naturalistic, potentially unified vision of our place in nature.

Matthew M. Hurley is currently researching teleology and agency at the Center for Research onConcepts and Cognition at Indiana University.Daniel C. Dennett is University Professor and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy atTufts University. He is the author of Sweet Dreams: Philosophical Obstacles to a Scienceof Consciousness (MIT Press) and other books.

Preface
Natural Freedom
Learning What We Are
I Am Who I Am
The Air We Breathe
Dumbo's Magic Feather and the Peril of Paulina
A Tool for Thinking About Determinism
Some Useful Oversimplifications
From Physics to Design in Conway's Life World
Can We Get the Deus ex Machina?
From Slow-motion Avoidance to Star Wars
The Birth of Evitability
Thinking about Determinism
Possible Worlds
Causation
Austin's Putt
A Computer Chess Marathon
Events without Causes in a Deterministic Universe
Will the Future Be Like the Past?
A Hearing for Libertarianism
The Appeal of Libertarianism
Where Should We Put the Much-needed Gap?
Kane's Model of Indeterministic Decision-making
"If you make yourself really small, you can externalize virtually everything"
Beware of Prime Mammals
How Can It Be "Up to Me"?
Where Does All the Design Come from?
Early Days
The Prisoner's Dilemma
E Pluribus Unum?
Digression: The Threat of Genetic Determinism
Degrees of Freedom and the Search for Truth
The Evolution of Open Minds
How Cultural Symbionts Turn Primates into Persons
The Diversity of Darwinian Explanations
Nice Tools, but You Still Have to Use Them
The Evolution of Moral Agency
Benselfishness
Being Good in Order to Seem Good
Learning to Deal with Yourself
Our Costly Merit Badges
Are You Out of the Loop?
Drawing the Wrong Moral
Whenever the Spirit Moves You
A Mind-writer's View
A Self of One's Own
Bootstrapping Ourselves Free
How We Captured Reasons and Made Them Our Own
Psychic Engineering and the Arms Race of Rationality
With a Little Help from My Friends
Autonomy, Brainwashing, and Education
The Future of Human Freedom
Holding the Line against Creeping Exculpation
"Thanks, I Needed That!"
Are We Freer Than We Want to Be?
Human Freedom Is Fragile
Bibliography
Index

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