Ideas from 'Elbow Room: varieties of free will' by Daniel C. Dennett [1984], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Elbow Room - Free will worth wanting' by Dennett,Daniel C. [MIT 1999,0-262-54042-8]].

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1. Philosophy / D. Nature of Philosophy / 5. Aims of Philosophy / a. Philosophy as worldly
An overexamined life is as bad as an unexamined one
2. Reason / A. Nature of Reason / 9. Limits of Reason
Rationality requires the assumption that things are either for better or worse
10. Modality / D. Knowledge of Modality / 4. Conceivable as Possible / c. Possible but inconceivable
Why pronounce impossible what you cannot imagine?
13. Knowledge Criteria / C. External Justification / 2. Causal Justification
Causal theories require the "right" sort of link (usually unspecified)
16. Persons / A. Concept of a Person / 4. Persons as Agents
I am the sum total of what I directly control
16. Persons / F. Free Will / 1. Nature of Free Will
Can we conceive of a being with a will freer than our own?
You can be free even though force would have prevented you doing otherwise [PG]
16. Persons / F. Free Will / 2. Sources of Free Will
Foreknowledge permits control
Awareness of thought is a step beyond awareness of the world
17. Mind and Body / B. Behaviourism / 3. Intentional Stance
The active self is a fiction created because we are ignorant of our motivations