Daniel Dennett

Bio Outline


  • Advisor
  • Brain, Mind & Consciousness


  • Tufts University
Center for Cognitive Studies


  • United States


PhD (Philosophy), University of Oxford
BA (Philosophy), Harvard University


Daniel C. Dennett is a well-known philosopher who has written more than 10 books and 400 articles on various aspects of the mind.

He has published in journals ranging from Artificial Intelligence and Behavioral and Brain Sciences to Poetics Today and the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. His writing focuses on atheism, religion and consciousness. Dennett was also a co-founder and co-director of the Curricular Software Studio at Tufts University, and has helped to design museum exhibits on computers for the Smithsonian Institution and for both the Museum of Science and the Computer Museum in Boston.


Erasmus Prize, 2012
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2009
International Society for Science and Religion Library Project choice, 2009, for Darwin’s
Dangerous Idea and Breaking the Spell
Cognitive Science Society, 2009
Atheist Alliance International Richard Dawkins Prize, 2007

Relevant Publications

Dennett, D.C., & LaScola, L. (2015). Caught in the pulpit: Leaving belief behind. Durham: Pitchstone Publishing. 

Dennett, D. (2014). Commentary on Kamphorst and Kalis. Tijdschr Filos, 76(3), 579–83. 

Dennett, D.C. (2013). Expecting ourselves to expect: The Bayesian brain as a projector. Behavior Brain Science, 36(3), 209–10. DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X12002208.

McKay, R., & Dennett, D. (2012). The sleep of reason: do atheists improve the stock? Religion, Brain & Behavior, 2(1), 78–80.

Dennett, D.C. (2006). Breaking the spell: Religion as a natural phenomenon. New York: Viking.


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