2009/9/2 Rex Allen <rexallen...@gmail.com>:
>
> On Tue, Sep 1, 2009 at 9:13 AM, David Nyman<david.ny...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> I think his exploration of
>> the constraints on our actions in "Freedom Evolves" is pretty much on
>> the money.
>
> So I can't comment on Freedom Evolves, as I haven't read it.  But I
> have read some of his articles and seen him debate and give
> interviews.  So that sounds like Dennett alright - rearranging deck
> chairs, redefining words, whatever it takes.
>
> From the wikipedia article on "Freedom Evolves":
>
> "In his treatment of both free will and altruism, he starts by showing
> why we should not accept the traditional definitions of either term."
>
> So, as I said, you can't read quote of Dennett and accept it at face
> value, because Dennett doesn't restrict himself to traditional
> definitions of terms.  You have to interpret Dennett's quotes within
> the context of his web of alternate, non-traditional "compatibilist"
> word definitions.
>
> Dennett's main goal is not to show that determinism is compatible with
> free will (which it isn't), BUT to show that determinism is compatible
> with continued social order and cohesion (which it is...probably).

Dennett didn't invent compatibilism. It has a long history and
extensive literature.

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/compatibilism/


-- 
Stathis Papaioannou

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