Freedom Evolves (Paperback)
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Short Description for Freedom Evolves As in his previous books, Dennett weaves a richly detailed narrative enlivened by analogies as entertaining as they are challenging. Here is the story of how mankind came to be different from all other creatures, how early ancestors mindlessly created human culture, and then, how culture gave humans their minds, their visions, moral problems--in a nutshell, their freedom.
- Published: 27 January 2004
- Format: Paperback 368 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780142003848 ISBN 10: 0142003840
- Sales rank: 249,878
Full description for Freedom Evolves
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.