publication . Other literature type . Article . 2003

The Self as a Responding—and Responsible—Artifact

DANIEL C. DENNETT;
  • Published: 01 Nov 2003
  • Publisher: Wiley
Abstract
: The powerful illusion of a unified, Cartesian self responsible for intentional action is contrasted with the biologically sounder model of competitive processes that yield an only partially coherent agency, and the existence of the illusion of self is explained as an evolved feature of communicating agents, capable of responding to requests and queries about their own decisions and actions.
Subjects
free text keywords: General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology, History and Philosophy of Science, Self, Illusion, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Id, ego and super-ego, Self-concept, Cartesian Self, Consciousness, Cognitive science, Free will, Immunology, Social psychology, Psychology
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