Freedom Evolves has ratings and reviews. Samir said: pages into this book and I became utterly bored. I find it hard to digest holistic ove. Can there be freedom and free will in a deterministic world? Renowned philosopher Daniel Dennett emphatically answers “yes!” Using an array. Daniel C. Dennett’s Freedom Evolves tackles the most important question of human existence – is there really such a thing as free will?.

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Jun 27, Ville Kokko rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s not his fault, but in my opinion it doesn’t quite solve the problems it sets out dennegt solve. It’s certainly one of Dennetts easier-to-follow books. But that still leaves open the question of exactly how free the murderer is when he commits his act.

Jul 02, Samir Rawas Sarayji rated it did not like it Shelves: Here are some short steps that outline his main argument I’m sure I missed some important details. Compatibilism in Philosophy of Action. I can’t be completely objective, because both authors were pr Having read a lot in the area of consciousness and free-will and being a researcher in neuroscience, I can say that Dennett has a good grasp of the most important aspects of this field.

In Dennett’s evolvea, “determinism” does not imply either inevitability or causation, and “free will” does not mean free will but rather something like free will. Refresh and try again. He argues that it should be understood in terms of helping yourself by helping others, expanding the self to be more inclusive as opposed to being selfless.

And that’s worth something!

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Aug 23, Daniel Hageman rated it liked it Shelves: To show this blend, he calls such actions ‘benselfish’, and finds the roots of our capacity for this in the evolutionary pressures that produced kin selection. Over the last thirty years, he has played a major role in expanding our understanding of consciousness, developmental psychology, and evolutionary theory. Free Press, ], He then argues that natural selection of both our brains and the cultural memes that govern our lives have given rise to consciousness and free will, as well as concepts such as morality and altruism that initially seem at odds with ‘red in tooth and claw’ style Darwinism.

For example, I found his treatment of consciousness one chapter much more enlightening than his treatment of consciousness in Consciousness Explained a whole book!

It’s a question that makes some people very nervous – if we don’t have free will then what is the point of anything? He devotes much of the book to dissecting the mistaken notion that “science” requires us to write off that inner life as an ineffectual shadow.

Jan 27, Polaris rated it it was ok. As Douglas Hofstadter argues in ‘ Godel, Escher, Bach ‘ our brains are composed of neurons with the simple function of switching off and on in response to the inputs from their neighbours and thus can be considered as formal systems acting in a deterministic fashion. In this respect his arguments for evolved free will though they are largely informal and often not logically argued do provide some perspective for such people and may cushion the blow, or at least promote further thought.

This still sounds fishy to me, it smells like a cleverly disguised evasion. In this new book, Dennett shows that evolution is the key to resolving the ancient problems of moral and political freedom.


Well, according to Dennett, freedom is gradual. Daniel Dennett is my favorite philosopher, for many reasons.

His occasional arrogance and sometimes stodgy style don’t help, but he does provide the reader with lots of very stimulating arguments, and on several occasions, I found myself stopping to put the book down and spend time mulling over the points made. From “Will the Future be like the Past? That “logical brink” would be that, if there is no “Cartesian Meaner,” no central controller of consciousness, then logically there is no “Cartesian Free Willer,” no “central meaner,” either.

StillmanRoy F. These sorts of philosophical thought experiments are excruciatingly tiresome: Xennett, like the impossibility of following the ball in quantum mechanics, I still don’t understand his exact position even after two readings of this book.

Finding room for free will in a deterministic world. Dennett is a noted atheist, avid sailor, and advocate of the Brights move Daniel Clement Dennett III is a prominent philosopher whose research centers on philosophy of mind, science, and biology, particularly as they relate to evolutionary biology and cognitive science.

Evitability is entirely compatible with, and actually requires, human action being deterministic. Only one relic of extreme neo-Darwinism remains, namely, the doctrine of memes. Although the last two chapters delineate a picture of evolved human life that implies free will, he nevertheless maintains until the end of the book evollves scientific determinism remains valid.

My involvement with Dennett pre-dates this review by decades; Darwin’s Dangerous Idea was the my first encounter.