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LIVE from the NYPL: DANIEL DENNETT & JIM HOLT
What methods can we use to answer life's most fundamental questions? In his book Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking, philosopher Daniel C. Dennett offers a cognitive toolbox filled with novel discussions of familiar moves—Occam’s Razor, reductio ad absurdum— and the “imagination extenders and focus-holders” that he and others have developed for dealing with the most treacherous subject matter: evolution, meaning, mind, and free will. He is joined in conversation by fellow philosopher Jim Holt, whose recent work Why Does the World Exist: An Existential Detective Story New York Magazine calls "a ridiculously good book about the world’s most intractable question."
Daniel C. Dennett is the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University and has authored numerous landmark books, including Breaking the Spell, Darwin’s Dangerous Idea, and Consciousness Explained.
A note to our patrons: LIVE from the NYPL programs begin promptly at 7p.m. We recommend arriving twenty minutes before the scheduled start time to get to your seats. In order to minimize disturbances to other audience members, we are unable to provide late seating.