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Consciousness Explained

Consciousness Explained 1

by Daniel C. Dennett

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 24/06/1993

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This book revises the traditional view of consciousness by claiming that Cartesianism and Descartes' dualism of mind and body should be replaced with theories from the realms of neuroscience, psychology and artificial intelligence. What people think of as the stream of consciousness is not a single, unified sequence, the author argues, but 'multiple drafts' of reality composed by a computer-like 'virtual machine'. Dennett considers how consciousness could have evolved in human beings and confronts the classic mysteries of consciousness- the nature of introspection, the self or ego and its relation to thoughts and sensations, and the level of consciousness of non-human creatures.
Philosophy of mind
Paperback / softback
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Penguin Books Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
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Daniel C. Dennett

Daniel C. Dennett is the University Professor and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University.

He is the author of numerous books including Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking, Breaking the Spell, Darwin's Dangerous Idea, and Consciousness Explained.

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  • Brilliant and insightful

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    Consciousness Explained, often derisively called "Consciousness Explained Away" by critics, is a brilliant and insightful book by the foremost philosopher of mind practising today.

    Like most serious philosophy books, it is a difficult read; but Dan Dennett's clear prose and wit eases the process along.

    Dennett begins by systematically dismantling the surreptitious modern materialist dualism that he calls "the Cartesian Theatre", and advances his own empirical theory of consciousness, the Multiple Drafts Model (or, more recently "consciousness as fame in the brain").

    He then applies his model to famous thought experiments in philosophy of mind, designed to present challenges to materialist explanations of consciousness.

    Consciousness Explained is required reading for anyone seriously interested in consciousness.