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Daniel Dennett

Daniel C. Dennett is a well-known philosopher who has authored over 10 books and 400 articles on various aspects of the mind, 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 issues of atheism, religion, and consciousness.

Dennett was also a co-founder and co-director of the Curricular Software Studio at Tufts, and has helped to design museum exhibits on computers for the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Science in Boston, and the Computer Museum in Boston.


Erasmus Prize, 2012.

Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2009.

Books (Darwin’s Dangerous Idea and Breaking the Spell) chosen for International Society for Science and Religion Library Project, 2009.

Cognitive Science Society, 2009.

Atheist Alliance International Richard Dawkins Prize, 2007.

Relevant Publications

D. Dennett, "Commentary on Kamphorst and Kalis," Tijdschr. Filos., vol. 76, no. 3, pp. 579-583, 2014.

D. C. Dennett, "Expecting ourselves to expect: The Bayesian brain as a projector," Behav. Brain Sci., vol. 36, no. 3, pp. 209-210, June 2013.

R. McKay and D. Dennett, "The sleep of reason: do atheists improve the stock?" Relig. Brain Behav., vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 78-80, Apr. 2012.


D. C. Dennett and L. LaScola, Caught in the Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind. Durham: Pitchstone Publishing, 2015.

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

D. C. Dennett, Darwin's Dangerous Idea. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995.



Advisor Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness


Tufts UniversityCenter for Cognitive Studies


PhD (Philosophy) Oxford

BA (Philosophy) Harvard University


United States

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