Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life (Paperback)

Evolution and the Meanings of Life

By Daniel C. Dennett

Simon & Schuster, 9780684824710, 592pp.

Publication Date: June 12, 1996

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Description

In a book that is both groundbreaking and accessible, Daniel C. Dennett, whom Chet Raymo of The Boston Globe calls "one of the most provocative thinkers on the planet," focuses his unerringly logical mind on the theory of natural selection, showing how Darwin's great idea transforms and illuminates our traditional view of humanity's place in the universe. Dennett vividly describes the theory itself and then extends Darwin's vision with impeccable arguments to their often surprising conclusions, challenging the views of some of the most famous scientists of our day.


About the Author

Daniel Dennett is the author of Brainstorms, Elbow Room, and Consciousness Explained. He is currently the Distinguished Arts and Sciences Professor and Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. He lives in North Andover, Massachusetts, with his wife and has two children.


Praise For Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life

James Moore
coauthor of Darwin

A brilliant piece of persuasion, excitingly argued and compulsively readable. Its lucid metaphors and charming analogies are reminiscent of On the Origin of Species.


Carl Sagan
The Washington Post Book World

A breath of fresh air.


Richard Dawkins
author of The Blind Watchmaker

A surpassingly brilliant book. Where creative, it lifts the reader to new intellectual heights. Where critical, it is devastating.


Richard Rorty
Lingua Franca

One of our most original and most readable philosophers....Once in a blue moon an analytic philosopher comes along who redeems his subdiscipline by combining professional persnicketiness with a romantic spirit, a vivid imagination, and a sense of humor.


John Gribbin
Sunday Times, London

This is the best single-author overview of all the implications of evolution by natural selection available....Lucid and entertaining.


Jim Holt
The Wall Street Journal

Dennett is a philosopher of rare originality, rigor, and wit. Here he does one of the things philosophers are supposed to be good at: clearing up conceptual muddles in the sciences.

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