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Dennett, Daniel
 
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Essence I 276
Essence/nature/Dennett: Nothing that is so complicated that it is interesting can have an essence. (s) Reason: if it consists of several parts, it can only have developed gradually, while discarding useless parts. Therefore, it was not essential at any time. Of course, not even at the present time.
I 569
DennettVsEssentialism: E.g. has the vending machine dissolved into nothingness. Similarly: E.g. Frog: would have tried to catch food pellets in the wild just the same if they had crossed his path.
Disjunction: in some ways "fly or pellets" is a natural type of frogs. They do not naturally make a distinction between the two of them.
On the other hand, disjunction is not a natural type: it does not occur in nature.

Den I
D. Dennett
Darwins gefährliches Erbe Hamburg 1997

Den II
D. Dennett
Spielarten des Geistes Gütersloh 1999


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