Content and Consciousness is an original and ground-breaking attempt to elucidate a problem integral to the history of Western philosophical thought: the relationship of the mind and body. In this formative work, Dennett sought to develop a theory of the human mind and consciousness based on new and challenging advances in the field that came to be known as cognitive science. This important and illuminating work is widely-regarded as the book from which all of Dennett’s future ideas developed. It is his first explosive rebuttal of Cartesian dualism and one of the founding texts of philosophy of mind.

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PART I The Language of Mind

chapter 1|17 pages

The Mind and Science

chapter 2|26 pages

The Problem of Intentionality

chapter 3|34 pages

The Intelligent Use of Information

chapter 4|29 pages

Function and Content

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PART II Consciousness

chapter 5|17 pages

The Certainty of Certain Utterances

chapter 6|21 pages

The Ordinary Words

chapter 7|15 pages


chapter 8|20 pages

People and Processes

chapter 9|17 pages

Intentional Actions

chapter 10|16 pages

Knowing and Understanding