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Get Real

Dennett, Daniel (1994) Get Real. [Journal (Paginated)] (Unpublished)

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There could be no more gratifying response to a philosopher's work than such a bounty of challenging, high-quality essays. I have learned a great deal from them, and hope that other readers will be as delighted as I have been by the insights gathered here. One thing I have learned is just how much hard work I had left for others to do, by underestimating the degree of explicit formulation of theses and arguments that is actually required to bring these issues into optimal focus. These essays cover my work from top to bottom. Just about every nook and cranny is probed and tested in ways I could never do for myself. The essays thus highlight the areas of weakest exposition of my views; they also show the weak points of the views themselves--and suggest repairs, which I am sometimes happy to accept, but not always, since there are a few cases in which one critic deftly disarms another, sight unseen. I will be fascinated to learn how the individual authors react to each other's essays, since they side with me on different points, and disagree about what is still in need of revision or repair.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Subjects:Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
ID Code:280
Deposited By:Dennett, Daniel
Deposited On:15 Apr 1998
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:53

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