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Freedom Evolves

Freedom Evolves

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By (author) Daniel C Dennett

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 347 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 201mm x 25mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 27 January 2004
  • ISBN 10: 0142003840
  • ISBN 13: 9780142003848
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 300,431

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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 arguments--drawing upon evolutionary biology, cognitive neuroscience, economics, and philosophy--that 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.

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aDennett has taken on really big issues, made them clear, dealt with them seriously and given us much on which to reflect. . . . Crisp and critically insightful.a ("The Washington Post Book World") aOne of the most original thinkers of our time.a ("Science")