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Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking

By D. C. (Daniel Clement) Dennett

One of the world’s leading philosophers offers aspiring thinkers his personal trove of mind-stretching thought experiments.

Over a storied career, Daniel C. Dennett has engaged questions about science and the workings of the mind. His answers have combined rigorous argument with strong empirical grounding. And a lot of fun.

Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking offers seventy-seven of Dennett’s most successful "imagination-extenders and focus-holders" meant to guide you through some of life’s most treacherous subject matter: evolution, meaning, mind, and free will. With patience and wit, Dennett deftly deploys his thinking tools to gain traction on these thorny issues while offering readers insight into how and why each tool was built.

Alongside well-known favorites like Occam’s Razor and reductio ad absurdum lie thrilling descriptions of Dennett’s own creations: Trapped in the Robot Control Room, Beware of the Prime Mammal, and The Wandering Two-Bitser. Ranging across disciplines as diverse as psychology, biology, computer science, and physics, Dennett’s tools embrace in equal measure light-heartedness and accessibility as they welcome uninitiated and seasoned readers alike. As always, his goal remains to teach you how to "think reliably and even gracefully about really hard questions."

A sweeping work of intellectual seriousness that’s also studded with impish delights, Intuition Pumps offers intrepid thinkers—in all walks of life—delicious opportunities to explore their pet ideas with new powers.

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Publish Date

2013

ISBN

9780393082067


Format: Book
Author: Dennett, D. C. (Daniel Clement)
Title: Intuition pumps and other tools for thinking / Daniel C. Dennett.
Publisher Date: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2013.
Subject: Philosophy -- Miscellanea Thought and thinking -- Miscellanea.
Isbn: 9780393082067 (hbk.) 0393082067 (hbk.)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 2
Call Number: 121.6 Den
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Bib Id: 430636

Format: Book
Author: Dennett, D. C. (Daniel Clement)
Title: Intuition pumps and other tools for thinking / Daniel C. Dennett.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2013.
Description: xiv, 416 p. ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Philosophy -- Miscellanea
Subjects: Thought and thinking -- Miscellanea.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: A dozen general thinking tools -- Tools for thinking about meaning or content -- An interlude about computers -- More tools about meaning -- Tools for thinking about evolution -- Tools for thinking about consciousness -- Tools for thinking about free will -- What is it like to be a philosopher -- Use the tools, try harder -- What got left out.
LCCN: 2013000930
ISBN: 9780393082067 (hbk.)
ISBN: 0393082067 (hbk.)
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: 121.6 Den