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From Bacteria to Bach and Back – The Evolution of Minds Hardcover – 7 February 2017

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Illuminating and insightful. . . . [Dennett] makes a convincing case, based on a rapidly growing body of experimental evidence, that a materialist theory of mind is within reach. . . . His ideas demand serious consideration.

A supremely enjoyable, intoxicating work, tying together 50 years of thinking about where minds come from and how they work. . . . Dennett has earned his reputation as one of today's most readable, intellectually nimble and scientifically literate philosophers, as this subtle, clever book shows . . . . immensely instructive and pleasurable.

In From Bacteria to Bach and Back, his eighteenth book (thirteenth as sole author), Dennett presents a valuable and typically lucid synthesis of his worldview . . . . Dennett is always good company . . . . he writes with wit and elegance . . . . distinctive.--Thomas Nagel

If you have not encountered [Dennett's] work, you surely should . . . very few contemporary thinkers have supplied us with so many 'thinking tools.' . . . . Dennett's book is astonishingly rich and will introduce you to most of the key ideas in the terrain he strides energetically across.--Adam Zeman

A subtle and interesting argument.--Stephen Rose

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Daniel C. Dennett is University Professor and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University and the author of numerous books including Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking, Breaking the Spell, Darwin's Dangerous Idea, and Consciousness Explained.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ W. W. Norton & Company (7 February 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 496 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0393242072
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0393242072
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16.76 x 4.06 x 24.38 cm
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