Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking

Dennett, Daniel C.
W.W. Norton 2013
ISBN 978-0-393-08206-7
449pp
Date finished: 2014-03-19

Dennett coined the term "intuition pump" for something that helps us reason about a philosophical problem, such as a parable, thought experiment, or logical framework. Dennett presents a bunch of them to illuminate three areas: what "meaning" signifies, the explanatory power of evolution, and the nature of consciousness. His writing is enjoyable and I liked the clever nature of the thought experiments, but they didn't always clarify things for me; for example, the book's discussion of consciousness only gave me the vaguest idea of what compatibilism is.

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