Daniel C. Dennett
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Daniel Dennett: Selected Annotated Bibliography

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Books About Dennett


Content and Consciousness, Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, and Humanities Press, New York, 1969 (International Library of Philosophy and Scientific Method). (Paperback edition, 1986; Italian edition, 1992; Spanish edition, 1994.)

The two themes of this first book — the two components of the human mind as posited by Dennett — anticipate his entire career in both theme and order.

Brainstorms:  Philosophical Essays on Mind and Psychology, Bradford Books, 1978.  (Italian edition, 1991; Swedish edition, 1992; Portuguese edition, 2000.)

This collection of Dennett’s early essays focuses on the nature of “content” in the mind, as well as related subjects like artificial intelligence, intentionality, psychology and free will. It also includes the curious and fascinating parable “Where Am I?” — the first of Dennett’s forays into speculative, consciously playful modes of explanation.

The Mind’s I:  Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul, Co-edited with Douglas Hofstadter, Basic Books, 1981.  (Japanese edition, 1984; Spanish and Italian editions, 1985; German and Dutch editions 1986;  French and Chinese editions, 1987; Greek edition, 1993.)

This wonderful collection, “composed and arranged ”(as the title page has it) jointly with Douglas Hofstadter, is valuable not only as an entertaining and thought-provoking anthology of fiction and non-fiction, but also as a collection of Dennett’s and Hofstadter’s “reflections” on each piece in the anthology. Their joint bibliographical essay at the end of the volume could easily serve as a substantial course syllabus in cognitive science as the field existed in 1981.

Content and Consciousness Brainstorms: Philosophical Essays on Mind and Psychology The Mind's I: Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul








Elbow Room:  The Varieties of Free Will Worth Wanting
, MIT Press, Oxford University Press, 1984.  (German edition, 1986; Spanish edition, 1992.)

In this series of John Locke Lectures that he delivered at Oxford in 1983, Dennett elaborates on the ancient philosophy problem of free will and determinism, which, rather than “solving,” he presents as incorrectly formulated. This is one of several philosophical conundrums which Dennett’s evolving conception of mind and intentionality render obsolete in their traditional forms.

The Intentional Stance, MIT Press/A Bradford Book, 1987. (French edition, 1990; Spanish edition, 1991; Italian edition, 1993; Japanese edition, 1995.)

This second volume of collected essays (from the 1980s) focuses on one of Dennett’s key concepts of “content” in the mind at various levels of abstraction. This way of understanding “content” plays an important role in much of Dennet’s work.

Consciousness Explained, Little, Brown, 1991, Penguin, 1992. (Dutch, Italian, French, German, Spanish editions.)

A full elaboration of Dennett’s “Multiple Drafts” model of human consciousness, carefully proposed, justified, and placed in the context of previous attempts to explain consciousness.

Darwin’s Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life, Simon & Schuster, 1995. (Dutch, German, Japanese, Hungarian, French, Portugese, Spanish and Italian editions.) 

This major work takes Darwinian evolution as a sort of unifying explanation and theory for many aspects of human consciousness; the nature and conception of mind; the rise of language, culture and religion; and many other topics in cognitive science, including (remarkably) the possibility of artificial intelligence. The monograph was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

Elbow Room: The Varieties of Free Will Worth Wanting
The Intentional Stance
Consciousness Explained
Darwin's Dangerous Idea

Kinds of Minds
, Basic Books, 1996.  Part of the Science Masters Series (also editions in French, Italian, Spanish, Portugese, German, Dutch, Finnish, Polish, Rumanian, Hungarian, Hebrew, Turkish, Japanese, Korean, Chinese).

Continuing the theme of Darwinian evolution, Dennett here discusses human and animal cognition, their similarities and differences, and their evolutionary origins.

Brainchildren: Essays on Designing Minds, MIT Press and Penguin, 1998.

A third major collection of essays, primarily from the 1990s, focusing on artificial intelligence, ethology, animal psychology, and self-reflection (all of which, as Dennett explains in the Preface, “belong to the philosophy of mind broadly conceived — as it ought to be these days,” p. xii). Several critics have singled out Dennett’s “Self-Portrait,” first published in this volume, as one of his most central short works.

Freedom Evolves, Allen Lane Publishers, 2003. (Italian edition, 2004; Dutch edition, 2004; Japanese edition, 2005.)

An extended and updated monograph on the principal topic of Elbow Room, free will. Dennett begins this work with a bold statement of his intention once again to “break the spell” that keeps scholars and others from facing the full implications of a materialist, evolutionary view of the mind.

Sweet Dreams: Philosophical Obstacles to a Science of Consciousness, MIT Press, 2005. (Italian edition, 2006; Spanish edition, 2006; Polish edition, 2007; German edition, 2007.)

This series of Jean Nicod Lectures, delivered by Dennett in Paris in 2001, comprises his attempt “to freeze time somewhat arbitrarily and compose a ’best’ version” (p. xi) of his many public lectures on the nature of consciousness, especially from a philosophical point of view.

Kinds of Minds
Brainchildren: Essays on Designing Minds
Freedom Evolves
Sweet Dreams: Philosophical Obstacles to a Science of Consciousness

Breaking the Spell, Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, Viking Press, 2006. (Dutch edition, 2006; Finnish edition, 2006; Italian edition, 2007; Portugese edition, 2006; Spanish edition, 2007.)

A breathtaking look at religion in its cognitive, cultural and evolutionary aspects. Not so much a call to arms as a call to reflection and honesty, Dennett approaches religion here as a conscious and conscientious iconoclast, seeking to end the prevalent taboo on the scientific study of religion — not only (and not even most perniciously) expressed in pseudo-sciences like Intelligent Design, but also in Gouldian approaches to religion and science as different and separate “magesteria” not subject to each other’s rules.


Breaking the Spell, Religion as a Natural Phenomenon

Selected Recent Articles (1996-2008)

Many earlier articles have been reprinted in one of the collections noted above, in the “Books” section.
See also Dennett’s complete bibliography at


“Facing Backwards on the Problem of Consciousness,” commentary on Chalmers for Journal of Consciousness Studies, vol. 3, no. 1 (special issue, part 2), 1996, p. 4-6. Reprinted in J. Shear, ed, Explaining Consciousness - The “Hard Problem,” MIT Press, 1997, p. 33-36.

“Producing Future by Telling Stories,” in K. Ford and Z. Pylyshyn, eds, The Robot’s Dilemma Revisited: The Frame Problem in Artificial Intelligence, Norwood, NJ: Ablex, 1996.  p. 1-7.

“Seeing is Believing — Or Is It?” in K. Akins ed., Perception, Vancouver Studies in Cognitive Science, vol. 5: Oxford Univ. Press, 1996, p. 158-172.

“Bewusstsein hat mehr mit Ruhm als mit Fernsehen zu tun” (“Consciousness: More like Fame than Television”), Christa Maar, Ernst Pöppel, and Thomas Christaller, eds., Die Technik auf dem Weg zur Seele, Rowohlt, 1996.

“Cow-sharks, Magnets, and Swampman,” Mind & Language, vol. 11 no. 1, 1996, p. 76-77.

“Granny versus Mother Nature — No Contest,” Mind & Language, vol. 11, no.3, 1996, p. 263-269.

“The Scope of Natural Selection,” Boston Review, October/November 1996, replies to H.Allen Orr’s review, “Dennett’s Strange Idea,” Boston Review, Summer 1996.

“Qui pouvons-nous etre?” (“Who Can We Be?”) avec Angele Kremer-Marietti, Les Rencontres philosophiques de l’UNESCO, 1996.


“Qualia,” interview with Daniel C. Dennett, Conversations in the Cognitive Neurosciences,  M.S.Gazzaniga ed., (originally appeared in Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience).

“Did HAL Commit Murder? (Authorized Title)” [Unauthorized Title:”When Hal Kills, Who’s to Blame? Computer Ethics”], in D. Stork, ed., Hal’s Legacy: 2001’s Computer as Dream and Reality, MIT Press 1997, p. 351-365.

“Reply to Mulhauser,” Philosophical Books, 38, p. 89-92.

“Consciousness in Human and Robot Minds,” Cognition,Computation, & Consciousness, M. Ito, Y. Miyashita, and E.T. Rolls, eds., Oxford University Press, p. 17-29.

“Cog as a Thought Experiment,” Robotics and Autonomous Systems 20, p. 251-256.

“Can Machines Think? DEEP BLUE and Beyond,” published in ICCA Journal, International Computer Chess Association, vol. 20, no. 4, December 1997, Universiteit Maastricht, Dept of Computer Science, and as a separate pamphlet (the Dr. J. Tans Lecture) with an introduction by Dr. L. Blomert by Studium Generale Maastricht, 1997.


Comment on “A Critique of Evolutionary Archeology,” by James L. Boone & Eric Alden Smith, in Current Anthropology, vol. 39, Supplement, June 1998, p. 157-158 (originally titled “Snowmobiles, horses, rats and memes”).

“The Evolution of Religious Memes: Who — or What — Benefits?” in Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, 1998:10, p. 115-128.

“An Interview with Fred Dretske,”  The Dualist, Stanford’s Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy, Spring 1998, vol. V, no. 1, p. 85-86.

“Where is Consciousness,” lecture at the University of Groningen and Enschede, The Netherlands, October 1-7, 1996, translated into Dutch and published in Algemeen Nederlands Tidschrift voor Wijsbegeerte, 90-2, 1998, p. 93-102.

“Revolution, no! Reform, si!” Commentary on van Gelder, T., “The dynamical hypothesis in cognitive science,” in The Behavioral and Brain Sciences, vol. 21:5, October 1998, p. 636-637.

“Intentional Stance,” contribution to The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences, MIT Press, 1998, p. 410-411.

Reply to Nicholas Humphrey, “Cave Art, Autism, and the Evolution of the Human Mind,” in Cambridge Archaeological Journal, vol. 8, no. 2, October 1998, p. 184-185.

“The Myth of Double Transduction,” in the volume of the International Consciousness Conference, Toward a Science of Consciousness II, The Second Tucson Discussions and Debates, S. Hameroff, ed., A.W. Kaszniak, and A.C. Scott, MIT Press, 1998, p. 97-107.

“How to Do Other Things with Words,” Royal Institute Conference on Philosophy of Language, in Philosophy, vol. 1999, p. 219-35.

“Faith in the Truth,” in The Values of Science, W. Williams, ed., (The Amnesty Lectures, Oxford 1997), Basic Books, p. 95-109; Westview Press, 1999; also, in Free Inquiry, Spring 2000.

“Reflections on Language and Mind,” in Language and Thought: Interdisciplinary Themes, P.Carruthers and J. Boucher, eds. CUP, Spring 1998, p. 284-294.

“Waar Zit Het Bewustzijn?” lecture given at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, in 1997, translated into Dutch and published in March or April, 1998 in the Dutch Journal of Philosophy.

Response to “Overlooked Skyhooks,” a review of Darwin’s Dangerous Idea by Robert L. Cambell, in Metascience, vol. 7, no. 3, November 1998, Blackwell Publishers, p. 489-499 (review), p. 500-501 (author’s response).


Afterword to Richard Dawkins’ The Extended Phenotype, Oxford University Press paperback edition, 1999, p. 265-269.

“Stability is Not Intrinsic,” with C.F.Westbury, commentary on O’Brien & Opie: Connectionism and phenomenal experience, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, vol. 22, no. 1, February 1999, Cambridge University Press, p. 153-154.

“The Virtues of Virtual Machines,” by Shannon Densmore and Daniel Dennett, in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, September, 1999, vol. LIX, no. 3, p. 747-767.

“Protecting Public Health,” in Predictions: 30 Great Minds on the Future, published by The Times Higher Education Supplement, p. 74-75, 1999.

“Ludwig Wittgenstein,” in Time Magazine, The Century’s Greatest Minds, March 29, 1999, p. 88-90; reprinted as People of the Century, Simon & Schuster, p. 145-149, 1999.

“Sort-of Symbols?” with C. Viger, commentary on Barsalou: Perceptual Symbol Systems, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, vol. 22, no. 4, August, 1999, p. 613.

“Why Getting It Right Matters,” (originally titled “Postmodernism and Truth,” Volume of the World Congress of Philosophy, August 13, 1998), in Free Inquiry, Winter 1999/2000, vol 20, no. 1, p. 40-43.

“Intrinsic Changes in Experience: Swift and enormous,” commentary on Palmer, in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Vol 22, no. 6, December 1999, p. 951.


“The Battery,” in The Greatest Inventions of the Past 2,000 Years, ed. John Brockman, Simon & Schuster, 2000, p. 73-74.

“It’s Not a Bug, It’s a Feature,” Journal of Consciousness Studies, vol. 7, no. 4, 2000, p. 25-27.

“Making Tools for Thinking,” in Metarepresentations: A Multidisciplinary Perspective, D. Sperber, ed., New York, Oxford University Press, 2000, p. 17-29.

“Re-introducing the Concept of Mind,” Foreword to Gilbert Ryle’s The Concept of Mind, Penguin Classics, 2000, p. viiii-xix.

“The Case for Rorts,” in Rorty and His Critics, Ed., R. B. Brandom, Blackwell Publishers, 2000, p. 99-101.

Interviewed by Chris Floyd of Science & Spirit Magazine, vol. 11, no. 2, May/June 2000, p. 18-20.

“With a Little Help from My Friends,” in Dennett’s Philosophy, A Comprehensive Assessment, eds. D. Ross, A. Brook, D. Thompson, MIT Press, 2000, p. 327-388.

Foreword to Darwinizing Culture: The Status of Memetics as a Science, ed. Robert Aunger, Oxford University Press, 2000, p. vii-ix.

“Postmodernism and Truth,” in the Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy, 8, 2000, p. 93-103.

“Mining the Past to Construct the Future: Memory and Belief as Forms of Knowledge” (with Christopher Westbury), in Schacter, D. and Scarry, E. (eds.). Memory, Brain, and Belief. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, p. 11-32.

“To Tell the Truth?” excerpted from “Faith in the Truth,” New Humanist, Spring 2001, p. 26-28.

Interviewed by Cristina Junyent for Quark: Ciencia, Medicina, Comunicacion y Cultura, 19, julio-dicembre 2000 (Barcelona, Spain).

Interviewed by Enrique Font Bisier for Metode, revista de difuso de la investigacio, Hivern (Winter) 2000/2001, p. 54-61 (Valencia, Spain).


“Are We Explaining Consciousness Yet?” Cognition 79 (2001), p. 221-237.

“Implantable Brain Chips — Will They Change Who We Are?” in Lahey Clinic Medical Ethics Newsletter, Spring 2001, p. 6-7; reprinted in Biomedical Ethics: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Moral Issues in Medicine and Biology, ed. David Steinberg, M.D., University Press of New England, 2007, p. 168-171.

“Collision, Detection, Muselot, and Scribble: Some Reflections on Creativity” in Virtual Music, Computer Synthesis of Musical Style, by David Cope, MIT Press, 2001, p. 283-291.

“Things about Things,” The Foundations of Cognitive Science, Joao Branquinho, ed. Clarendon Press, Oxford, 2001, p. 133-143.

 “The Evolution of Culture,” The Monist, vol. 84, no. 3, p. 305-324.

“Cognitive Ethology: Hunting for Bargains or a Wild Goose Chase?” Italian translation in Mente senza linguaggio: Il pensiero e gli animali, Simone Gozzano, ed., Editori Riuniti, Italy, April 2001, p. 79-97.

“The Zombic Hunch: Extinction of an Intuition?” in Philosophy at the New Millenium, ed. Anthony O’Hear,  Cambridge Univ. Press, 2001, Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement: 48, p. 27-43.

“The Evolution of Evaluators,” in The Evolution of Economic Diversity, eds. Antonio Nicita and Ugo Pagano, Routledge, 2001, p. 66-81.

“Surprise, Surprise,” commentary on O’Regan and Noe, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, (2001) 24:5, p. 982.

“In Darwin’s Wake, Where Am I?” APA Presidential Address, Proceedings and Addresses of The American Philosophical Association, vol. 75:2, November 2001, pp 13-30; reprinted in eds. J. Hodge and G. Radick, The Cambridge Companion to Darwin, Cambridge University Press, 2003, p. 357-376.


“Who’s Afraid of Determinism? Rethinking Causes and Possibilities,” Christopher Taylor and Daniel Dennett, in The Oxford Handbook of Free Will, Robert Kane, ed., Oxford University Press, 2002, p. 257-277.

“The New Replicators,” in The Encyclopedia of Evolution, vol. 1, Mark Pagel, ed., Oxford University Press, 2002, p. E83-E92.

 “What Kind of ‘Code’ Does the Brain Use?” translated into German, in Frankfurter Allgemeine, Seite 38/Montag, 14. Januar 2002, Nr. 11.

 “How Could I Be Wrong? How Wrong Could I Be?”, Journal of Consciousness Studies, special issue: “Is The Visual World a Grand Illusion?” ed. Alva Noe, vol. 9, no. 5-6, January 13, 2002, pp 13-16.

“Explaining the ‘Magic’ of Consciousness,” Exploring Consciousness, Humanities, Natural Science, Religion, Proceedings of the International Symposium, Milano, November 19-20, 2001 (published in December, 2002, Fondazione Carlo Erba), p. 47-58; reprinted in eds J. Laszlo, T. Bereczkei, C. Pleh, Journal of Cultural and Evolutionary Psychology,  1(2003)1, 7-19.

“Altruists, Chumps, and Inconstant Pluralists,” Commentary on Sober and Wilson, Unto Others: The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior, for Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, November, 2002, vol LXV, no. 3, p. 692-696.

“Does Your Brain Use the Images in It, and if So, How?” Commentary on Pylshyn, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, vol. 25, no. 2, April 2002, p. 189-190.

Gilbert Ryle’s Last Letter to Dennett,” The Electronic Journal of Analytic Philosophy, (Special Issue on The Philosophy of Gilbert Ryle) 7, 2002.

“A Naturalistic Perspective on Intentionality. Interview with Daniel Dennett,” by Marco Mirolli, Mind & Society, vol. 3, no. 6, 2002, p. 1-12.

“Reply to Clark,” Philososophy of Mental Representation, Hugh Clapin (ed.), Clarendon Press, Oxford, 2002, p. 91-93, and “Brian Cantwell Smith on Evolution, Objectivity and Intentionality,” p. 222-236.


“The Mythical Threat of Genetic Determinism,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 31, 2003, p. B7-B9; reprinted in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004, ed. Steven Pinker, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston & New York, 2004, p. 45-50.

“On Failures of Freedom and the Fear of Science,” Dædalus, Journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Winter, 2003, p. 126-130.

“Look Out for the Dirty Baby,” Peer Commentay on Baars, Journal of Consciousness Studies, The Double Life of B. F. Skinner, vol. 10, no. 1 (2003), p. 31-33.

The Bright Stuff,” New York Times, , Editorials/Op-Ed, July 12, 2003.

“The Baldwin Effect: a Crane, not a Skyhook,” in eds. B.H. Weber and D.J. Depew, Evolution and Learning: The Baldwin Effect Reconsidered, MIT Press, Bradford Books, 2003, p. 60-79, and Postscript on the Baldwin Effect and Niche Construction, p. 108-109.

“Who’s On First? Heterophenomenology Explained,” Journal of Consciousness Studies, Special Issue: Trusting the Subject? (Part 1), vol. 10, no. 9-10, October 2003, p.19-30.

“Zum Schutz der wissenschaftlichen Untersuchung des Bewutseins vor ideologischen Debatten” [Protecting Scientific Research on Consciousness from ideological debates], in Gene, Meme, und Gehirne, Suhrkamp Verlag Frankfurt am Main 2003, p. 306-325.

“True Believers: the Intentional Strategy and Why it Works,” translated into Polish in Przeglad Filozoficzno-literacki, n.4(6) 2003, p. 87-109.

“Beyond Beanbag Semantics,” Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2003) 26:6, p. 673-674.

“Forestalling a Food Fight Over Color,” Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2003) 26:6, p. 788-789.

“The Self as a Responding — and Responsible — Artifact,” Annals New York Academy of Sciences (2003) 1001, p. 39-50.


“Can Machines Think?” reprinted in Alan Turing: Life and Legacy of a Great Thinker, C. Teuscher, Ed., p. 295-316, includes Postscript (1985), “Eyes, Hands and History,” and Postscript (1997), Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2004.

“Could There Be a Darwinian Account of Human Creativity?” in Evolution, From Molecules to Ecosystems, eds. Andres Moya and Enrique Font, Oxford University Press.

“How Has Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection Transformed Our View of Humanity’s Place in the Universe?” in LIFE: The Science of Biology, by Purves, Sadava, Orians and Heller, 7th edition, pub. Sinauer Associates/W.H. Freeman publishers, p. 523.

“The Seed Salon,” a dialogue with E.O. Wilson in Seed magazine, no. 9, Spring 2004, p. 60-65, 103-105.

“Consciousness” in R. L. Gregory, ed., The Oxford Companion to the Mind, Oxford University Press, 2nd edition, p. 209-211.

“What I Want to Be When I Grow Up,” Curious Minds, How A Child Becomes A Scientist, ed. John Brockman, Pantheon Books, New York, p. 219-225.

“Holding a Mirror up to Dupré,” Commentary on John Dupré’s Human Nature and the Limits of Science, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, vol. LXIX, no.2, September 2004, p. 473-483.

“Did Deep Blue’s Win over Kasparov Prove that Artificial Intelligence Has Succeeded? A Debate between Hubert Dreyfus and Daniel Dennett,” in Constructions of the Mind: Artificial Intelligence and the Humanities, 4, 2 (1995); reprinted in S. Franchi, G. Guzeldere (eds.), Mechanical Bodies, Computational Minds. Artificial Intelligence from Automata to Cyborgs, M.I.T. Press, Cambridge, MA., p. 264-279, 2005.


“Geography Lessons,” letter to the Editor, New York Times, Book Reviews, Sunday, February 20, 2005, Section 7, page 6, column 3.

“Dangerous Ideas: The Sophia Interview with Daniel C. Dennett,” Sophia, The University of Victoria Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy, vol. VIII, 2005, p. 1-8.

“Dennett’s Dangerous Ideas,” an interview by Julian Baggini in “The Intractables,” a special issue of the Philosopher’s magazine, Issue 30, 2nd quarter, 2005, p. 52-56.

“Moral Issues of Human-Non-Human Primate Neural Grafting,” with M. Greene, R. Faden, et al, Science, vol. 309, July 15, 2005, p. 385-6.

“Show Me the Science,” The New York Times, Op-Ed, Sunday, August 28, 2005, p. 11.

Entry in Edge, The World Question Center, The Edge Annual Question: “What do you believe is true even though you cannot prove it?” 2005.

“Comparing Apples to Oranges: Who Does the Framing?” with Richard Griffin, Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2005) 28:5, p. 656.

The Kitzmiller Decision,” by Dawkins, Dennett, Kurtz, Jones, Ridley, 2005.

There aren’t enough minds to house the population explosion of memes,” Edge, The World Question Center , 2005.

“Natural Freedom,” Metaphilosophy, vol. 36, no. 4, July 2005, p. 449-459.


 “From Typo to Thinko: When Evolution Graduated to Semantic Norms,”  S. Levinson & P. Jaisson (eds.), Evolution and Culture, A Fyssen Foundation Symposium, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2006, p. 133-145.

“Two Steps Closer on Consciousness,” Paul Churchland, Contemporary Philosophy in Focus, Brian L. Keeley (ed.), Cambridge University Press, 2006, p. 193-209.

“Common-Sense Religion,” The Chronicle Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 20, 2006, p. B6-B8.

“The Harsh Light of Science, Why a Scientific Study of Religion is Necessary,” SEED, Feb/Mar 2006, p. 54-57.

Entry in What We Believe but Cannot Prove: Today’s Leading Thinkers on Science in the Age of Creativity, ed. John Brockman, Harper Perennial, 2006, p. 124-127.

“The Selfish Gene As A Philosophical Essay,” Richard Dawkins: How a Scientist Changed the Way We Think, A. Grafen, M. Ridley, eds., Oxford University Press, 2006, p. 101-115.

“The Hoax of Intelligent Design and How It Was Perpetrated,” Intelligent Thought: Science Versus The Intelligent Design Movement, ed. John Brockman, Vintage Books, 2006, p. 33-49.

“Consciousness: How Much is that in Real Money?” translated into Slovak for Kritika & Kontext, no. 31, Záhada ľudského Vedomia On Consciousness, with an interview, Bratislava, Slovak Republic, p. 80-87.

“Toward a Science of Volition,” with W. Prinz and N. Sebanz, in Disorders of Volition, eds. N. Sebanz and W. Prinz, A Bradford Book, MIT Press, 2006, p. 1-16.

“Quining Qualia,” translated into German and reprinted in  Thomas Metzinger, ed., Grundkurs Philosophie des Geistes, Band 1: Phänomenales Bewusstsein, 2006, Germany, p. 205-250.

“Show Me the Science,” in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2006, ed. Brian Greene, Houghton Mifflin, Boston, October 2006, p. 39-45.

“Response to Daniel Levine,” Tikkun Magazine, November/December 2006, p. 54-57.

No Vegetables, Please,” Washington Post Online, On Faith, November 14, 2006.

Thank Goodness Not God on Thanksgiving,” Washington Post Online, On Faith, November 22, 2006.

 “Thank Goodness!” published at, Nov 2006; reprinted in Freethought Today, December 2006, p. 12-13; reprinted in Skeptical Inquirer, vol. 31, issue 2, March/April 2007, p. 42-43.

The Gift of Perspective,” Washington Post Online, On Faith, December 8, 2007.

Protecting Democracy Comes Before Promoting Faith,” Washington Post Online, On Faith, December 13, 2006.

Not Yet The Majority But No Longer Silent,” Washington Post online, On Faith, December 30, 2006.

“Daniel C. Dennett Responds,” to Richard Sosis’ review of Breaking the Spell, in Free Inquiry, December 2006/January 2007, vol. 27, no. 1, p. 60.

“There Aren’t Enough Minds to House the Population Explosion of Memes,” What Is Your Dangerous Idea?, ed. J. Brockman, Simon & Schuster,  2006, p. 191-198.

“A Continuum of Mindfulness,” D. Dennett & R. McKay, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 29, 2006, p. 353-354.


 “Atheism and Evolution,” ed. Michael Martin, The Cambridge Companion to Atheism, Cambridge University Press, 2007, p. 135-148.

Relying on Faith Instead of Facts Brought Moral Calamity,” Washington Post online, On Faith, January 13, 2007.

A Clever Robot,” Time Magazine, January 18, 2007.

‘God’ or ‘Allah’?,” Washington Post online, On Faith, January 26, 2007.

Open Letter to H. Allen Orr,” Edge 202, February12, 2007.

“Philosophy as Naive Anthropology: Comment on Bennett and Hacker,” in Neuroscience and Philosophy: Brain, Mind, and Language, ed. D. Robinson, Columbia University Press, New York, 2007, p. 73-95.

“My Body Has a Mind of Its Own,” in Distributed Cognition and the Will: Individual Volition and Social Context, eds. D. Ross, D. Spurrett, H. Kincaid, G.L. Stephens, MIT Press, A Bradford Book, 2007, p. 93-100.


Introduction to What Are You Optimistic About? Today’s Leading Thinkers on Why Things Are Good and Getting Better, ed. John Brockman, Harper Perrennial, 2007, p. xvii-xxii; also appears in The Wall Street Journal Online, January 25, 2008.

Multiple drafts model” (with Kathleen Akins), in, 3(4):4321.

How to Protect Human Dignity from Science,” in Human Dignity and Bioethics: Essays Commissioned by The President’s Council on Bioethics, March 2008.

Commentary on Kraynak,” in Human Dignity and Bioethics: Essays Commissioned by The President’s Council on Bioethics, March 2008.

“Whole-Body Apoptosis,” in Artifact, July 2008, p. 1-4.

“Is Religion a Threat to Rationality and Science?” in eG Weekly, The London Guardian, April 22, 2008.

Selected Recent Reviews by Dennett of:

A. G. Cairns-Smith, Evolving the Mind: on the nature of matter and the origin of consciousness, Nature, vol. 381, 6 June 1996, p. 486-486.

Thomas Nagel, Other Minds: Critical Essays, 1969-1994, Journal of Philosophy, vol. XCIII, no. 8, August 1996, p. 425-428.

Douglas Hofstadter & F.A.R.G, Fluid Concepts And Creative Analogies, for Complexity Journal, vol. 1, no. 6, 1995/96, p. 9-12.

Walter Burkert, Creation of the Sacred: Tracks of Biology in Early Religions, “Appraising Grace: what evolutionary good is God?,” The Sciences, January/February 1997 pp 39-44; reprinted in expanded form in Method & Theory in the Study of Religion 10/1 (1998).

John Haugeland, Having Thought: Essays in the Metaphysics of Mind, for The Journal of Philosophy, vol. XCVI, no. 8, August, 1999, 430-435.

Eytan Avital and Eva Jablonka, Animal Traditions: Behavioural Inheritance in Evolution, Cambridge University Press, 2000, in Journal of Evolutionary Biology, vol. 15, Issue 2, March, 2002, p. 332-334.

Daniel Wegner, Making Ourselves at Home in Our Machines: The Illusion of Conscious Will, MIT Press, 2002, in Journal of Mathematical Psychology 47 (2003), p. 101-104.

Radiant Cool (MIT Press) by Dan Lloyd and Love and Other Games of Chance (Penguin) by Lee Siegel for Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year, December 5, 2003, p. 9.

Kim Sterelny, Thought in a hostile world: the evolution of human cognition, “An Evolutionary Perspective on Cognition: Through a Glass Lightly,” in Studies in the History and Philosophy of Biology & the Biomedecial Sciences, Elsevier, 35 (2004), p. 721-727.

Nicholas Humphrey, Seeing Red: A Study in Consciousness, “A Daring Reconnaissance of Red Rerritory,” Brain (2007), 130, p. 592-595.

Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion, in Free Inquiry,  “Off Come the Gloves,” December 2006/January 2007, vol. 27, no. 1, p. 64-66.

Books about Dennett

Dahlbom, Bo, ed., 1993, Dennett and his Critics, Oxford, Blackwell.

Philosophical Topics, 1994, The Philosophy of Daniel Dennett, 22, #1 and 2.

Ross, Don and Brook, Andrew, 2000, Dennett’s Philosophy: A Comprehensive Assessment, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Brook, Andrew and Ross, Don, eds., 2002, Daniel Dennett, Cambridge University Press.

Symons, John, 2002, On Dennett, Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Miguens, Sofia, 2002, Uma Teoria Fisicalista do Conteúdo e da Consciência, D.Dennett e os debates da filosofia da mente, Campo das letres, Lisbon.

Elton, Matthew, 2003, Daniel Dennett: Reconciling Science and our Self-Conception, Cambridge and Oxford: Polity.

Yulina, Nina, 2004, (in Russian) ГOЛOBOЛOMKИ  ПPOБЛЕМЬI COЗНАНИЯ: КОНЦЕПЦИЯ ДЭНИЕЛА ДЭННЕТА (The “Brainstorms” in Philosophy of Mind: Daniel Dennett and his Critics), Moscow: KAHOH.

Symons, John, 2005, (in French) Dennett: un naturalisme en chantier, Philosophies Presses Universitaires de France, Paris.

McCarthy, Joan, 2006, Dennett and Ricoeur on the Narrative Self, Contemporary Studies in Philosophy and the Human Sciences, Prometheus Books, forthcoming in July 2007.

Zawidzki, Tadeusz, 2007, Dennett, Oneworld Publications, Oxford.


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