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Anyone who has wondered if free will is just an illusion or has asked 'could I havechosen otherwise? Daniel Dennett, whose previous books include Brainstorms and withDouglas Hofstadter The Mind's I, tackles the free will problem in a highly original and wittymanner, drawing on the theories and concepts of several fields usually ignored by philosophers; notjust physics and evolutionary biology, but engineering, automata theory, and artificialintelligence.

In Elbow Room, Dennett shows how the classical formulations of the problem inphilosophy depend on misuses of imagination, and he disentangles the philosophical problems of realinterest from the "family of anxieties' they get enmeshed in - imaginary agents, bogeymen, and direprospects that seem to threaten our freedom.

Putting sociobiology in its rightful place, heconcludes that we can have free will and science too. Elbow Room begins by showing how we can be"moved by reasons" without being exempt from physical causation. It goes on to analyze concepts ofcontrol and self-control-concepts often skimped by philosophers but which are central to thequestions of free will and determinism.

A chapter on "self-made selves" discusses the idea of selfor agent to see how it can be kept from disappearing under the onslaught of science. Dennett thensees what can be made of the notion of acting under the idea of freedomdoes the elbow room we thinkwe have really exist?

What is an opportunity, and how can anything in our futures be "up to us"? Heinvestigates the meaning of "can" and "could have done otherwise," and asks why we want free will inthe first place. We are wise, Dennett notes, to want free will, but that in itself raises a host ofquestions about responsibility.

In a final chapter, he takes up the problem of how anyone can everbe guilty, and what the rationale is for holding people responsible and even, on occasion, punishingthem. Daniel C. Dennett is Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University. A BradfordBook. I really enjoy the subjects Dennett discusses on his books. However, after reading Consciousness Explained, I think Elbow Room didn't match my expectations in some way, despite being an interesting The first decent moderrn philosophical support for free will.

This is shorter and easier reading than his later book "Freedom Evolves". Born in Boston in , Daniel Clement Dennett explores the philosophical links between mind and brain. His first book, Content and Consciousness was one of the earliest to examine this issue. It is one that he expands on in his other books, including Consciousness Explained , where he uses philosophical "materialism" to examine the link between mind and body.

He is interested in the development of artificial intelligence, was the co-founder of the Curricular Software Studio at Tufts, and has aided in the design of computer exhibits at the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Science in Boston and the Computer Museum in Boston.

Daniel Clement Dennett. Reflection Language and Consciousness. Community Communication and Transcendence. Control and SelfControl. Agentless Control and Our Concept of Causation. The Uses of Disorder. SelfMade Selves. The Art of SelfDefinition. Acting Under the Idea of Freedom. Could Have Done Otherwise. Relational Concepts in Psychoanalysis Stephen A.

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What does it mean to have free will? Is free will incompatible with determinism? With indeterminism? What does it mean to control oneself?

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In this book Daniel Dennett explored what it means for people to have free will. The title, Elbow Room , is a reference to the question: "Are we deterministic machines with no real freedom of action or do we in fact have some elbow room, some real choice in our behavior? A major task taken on by Dennett in Elbow Room is to clearly describe just what people are as biological entities and why they find the issue of free will to be of significance. In discussing what people are and why free will matters to them, Dennett makes use of an evolutionary perspective.

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Anyone who has wondered if free will is just an illusion or has asked 'could I havechosen otherwise? Daniel Dennett, whose previous books include Brainstorms and withDouglas Hofstadter The Mind's I, tackles the free will problem in a highly original and wittymanner, drawing on the theories and concepts of several fields usually ignored by philosophers; notjust physics and evolutionary biology, but engineering, automata theory, and artificialintelligence. In Elbow Room, Dennett shows how the classical formulations of the problem inphilosophy depend on misuses of imagination, and he disentangles the philosophical problems of realinterest from the "family of anxieties' they get enmeshed in - imaginary agents, bogeymen, and direprospects that seem to threaten our freedom. Putting sociobiology in its rightful place, heconcludes that we can have free will and science too. Elbow Room begins by showing how we can be"moved by reasons" without being exempt from physical causation. It goes on to analyze concepts ofcontrol and self-control-concepts often skimped by philosophers but which are central to thequestions of free will and determinism.

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