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A systematic and thorough interpretation of the philosophy of Daniel Dennett, this book is a tantalizing entrée into the philosophy of mind. Manifestly, we human beings are conscious, thinking, free and responsible agents. However, science has revealed that we are also natural products of evolution, composed of simple biochemical components which are arranged in complex self-maintaining configurations. How do these two aspects of humanity coincide?

Tadeusz Zawidzki outlines Dennett’s reconciliation of three major components - thought, consciousness, and freedom of the will – with what science tells us about human nature. In the course of this exposition, the book highlights the important role that Darwinian thinking plays in Dennett’s proposed reconciliation, as well as his innovative proposals regarding the ‘reality’ of our consciousness and its attributes.

An insightful introduction to Dennett’s thought, this work will prove invaluable to interested readers, students, and scholars alike.

Daniel Dennett - Director of The Centre For Cognitive Studies and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, Tufts University"Zawidzki reveals the systematic structure of my work as never before, and shows, just how and why the parts fit together as they do. His exposition is accurate, vivid and fair."Don Ross - Professor of Philosophy, University of Alabama at Brimingham"This is clearly the best introduction to Dennett's thought that has been published so far. It's as good a place for someone to begin their philosophical education as for someone else to enrich one they already have."

"Zawidzki reveals the systematic structure of my work as never before, and shows, just how and why the parts fit together as they do. His exposition is accurate, vivid and fair."

– Daniel Dennett - Director of The Centre For Cognitive Studies and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Ph

"This is clearly the best introduction to Dennett's thought that has been published so far. It's as good a place for someone to begin their philosophical education as for someone else to enrich one they already have."

– Don Ross - Professor of Philosophy, University of Alabama at Brimingham

"An excellent summary of Dennett's philosophy."

– Bo Dahlbom - President of the Swedish Research Institute for Information Technology and Professor at