Brain and Mind

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 343–358

A Tradition Ignored: Review Essay of John Symons' On Dennett

  • Stefanie Rocknak

DOI: 10.1023/A:1014474407546

Cite this article as:
Rocknak, S. Brain and Mind (2001) 2: 343. doi:10.1023/A:1014474407546


Although Symons' recent book, On Dennett(Wadsworth, 2002), provides scientists with ahelpful, general introduction to Dennett'sthought, it presents a skewed version of thehistory of the philosophy of mind. Inparticular, the continental tradition is almostentirely ignored, if not glibly dismissed. As aresult, the unwary reader of this book wouldnever realize that Dilthey, Sartre and Husserl,like Dennett, offer a ``middle ground'' betweennaturalistic realism and naturalisticeliminativism. However, unlike Dennett, therespective positions of Dilthey, Sartre andHusserl are not ontologically indifferent, butinstead, present a non-naturalistic form ofrealism that does not simultaneously invokeCartesian dualism.

DennettDiltheyDualismhistory of neurophilosophyHusserlJohn Symonsmental objectsmental thingsnaturalismneurophilosophyphilosophy of mindRocknakSartre

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefanie Rocknak
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyHartwick CollegeOneontaUSA