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Interview: Daniel Dennett—philosophy has a big role to play, “if only it will play it”

Most academic philosophy today "is not worth my effort"

By Alex Dean  

From Bacteria to Bach and Back, Daniel Dennett, £25

“I am not engaging in a lot of the disputation that is currently fashionable in academic departments of philosophy… I don’t think it’s worth my effort.” In an exclusive interview with Prospect, Daniel Dennett, world-leading philosopher of mind and one of the “Four Horsemen of Atheism,” aimed fire at those who pull philosophy in the wrong direction.

“I’ve got my priorities, and I think there’s more philosophical substance to be…

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