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Anyone who has wondered if free will is just an illusion or has asked 'could I have chosen otherwise?' after performing some rash deed will find this book an absorbing discussion of an endlessly fascinating subject. Daniel Dennett, whose previous books include Brainstorms and (with Douglas Hofstadter) The Mind's I, tackles the free will problem in a highly original and witty manner, drawing on the theories and concepts of several fields usually ignored by philosophers; not just physics and evolutionary biology, but engineering, automata theory, and artificial intelligence.In Elbow Room, Dennett shows how the classical formulations of the problem in philosophy depend on misuses of imagination, and he disentangles the philosophical problems of real interest from the "family of anxieties' they get enmeshed in - imaginary agents, bogeymen, and dire prospects that seem to threaten our freedom. Putting sociobiology in its rightful place, he concludes 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 of control and self-control-concepts often skimped by philosophers but which are central to the questions of free will and determinism. A chapter on "self-made selves" discusses the idea of self or agent to see how it can be kept from disappearing under the onslaught of science. Dennett then sees what can be made of the notion of acting under the idea of freedomdoes the elbow room we think we have really exist? What is an opportunity, and how can anything in our futures be "up to us"? He investigates the meaning of "can" and "could have done otherwise," and asks why we want free will in the first place.We are wise, Dennett notes, to want free will, but that in itself raises a host of questions about responsibility. In a final chapter, he takes up the problem of how anyone can ever be guilty, and what the rationale is for holding people responsible and even, on occasion, punishing them.Daniel C. Dennett is Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University. Elbow Room is an expanded version of the John Locke Lectures which he gave at Oxford University in 1983.A Bradford Book.

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In Elbow Room, Dennett shows how the classical formulations of the problem in philosophy depend on misuses of imagination, and he disentangles the philosophical problems of real interest from the "family of anxieties" they get enmeshed in—imaginary agents, bogeymen, and dire prospects that seem to threaten our freedom.

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Anyone who has wondered if free will is just an illusion or has asked could I have chosen otherwise? after performing some rash deed will find this book an absorbing discussion of an endlessly fascinating subject. Daniel Dennett, whose previous books include

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Daniel C. Dennett is University Professor and Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University.

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Matthew Hernandez, May 16, 2013 (view all comments by Matthew Hernandez)
"Elbow Room", to my knowledge, is Dennett's first book on free will and where he lays the foundation for his compatibilist project. There are many things to remark about the book, from his approach to his philosophy, to the comments on the mind which will later be expanded in his "Consciousness Explained." Dennett does a good job laying out what the issue is between free will and determinism and essentially trying to demystify the problem showing that though the traditional theological idea of free will (though he doesn't say this explicitly) may not function well with determinism, free will still does exist in a different manner. He does this by opening up the idea of control and elbow room. From what I understood, our ability to control ourselves given a certain environment is what makes us free, so if we have knowledge of the environment around us, we have acquired some elbow room to act. He creates an analogy where he mentions a pilot flying in a thunderstorm, he can go straight through where the environment gives him very little control or he can go around the storm where he has more room for control. The idea appears to be Spinozistic, though Dennett doesn't referenze Spinoza or explicitly mention knowledge as the key to freedom.

Among the many other things done in this book, Dennett breaks apart the poor reasoning that moves one from Determinism ro Fatalism, which is commending in itself. He also goes into the problem of "ought implies can" and what that actually means, the concept of "I have free will if I could have acted differently", and ideas of luck and fairness.

All in all it is a very good read and Dennett does a good job showing how the compatibilist's position is well reasoned and is particularly hopeful.
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ISBN:
9780262540421
Author:
Dennett, Daniel Clement
Publisher:
MIT Press (MA)
Author:
Dennett, Daniel Clement
Author:
Dennett, Daniel C.
Location:
Cambridge, Mass. :
Subject:
Modern
Subject:
Cognitive Psychology
Subject:
Free Will & Determinism
Subject:
Free will and determinism
Subject:
History & Surveys - Modern
Subject:
Philosophy : General
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Trade paper
Series:
Elbow Room
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
19841131
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
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Yes
Pages:
212
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9 x 5.75 x 0.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , In Elbow Room, Dennett shows how the classical formulations of the problem in philosophy depend on misuses of imagination, and he disentangles the philosophical problems of real interest from the "family of anxieties" they get enmeshed in—imaginary agents, bogeymen, and dire prospects that seem to threaten our freedom.
"Synopsis" by , Anyone who has wondered if free will is just an illusion or has asked could I have chosen otherwise? after performing some rash deed will find this book an absorbing discussion of an endlessly fascinating subject. Daniel Dennett, whose previous books include
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