The philosopher DANIEL C. DENNETT is perhaps best known in cognitive
science for his concept of intentional systems, and his multiple drafts
(or “fame in the brain”) model of human consciousness, which
sketches a computational architecture for realizing the stream of consciousness
(the “Joycean machine”) in the massively parallel cerebral
His uncompromising computationalism has been opposed by philosophers
such as John Searle and Jerry Fodor who maintain that the most important
aspects of consciousness — intentionality and subjective quality
— can never be computed. He is the philosopher of choice of the
He is also a major contributor to the understanding of the conceptual
foundations of evolutionary biology. In Darwin’s Dangerous
Idea, he argued that the “universal acid” of evolutionary
explanation extends well beyond biology to re-conceptualize culture
and science itself, and exposed some of the internal conflicts and misconstruals
in the contrary claims of Stephen Jay Gould.
C. Dennett is University Professor, Professor of Philosophy, and
Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University.
He is the author of Content and Consciousness; Brainstorms;
Elbow Room; The Intentional Stance; Consciousness Explained; Darwin's
Dangerous Idea; Kinds of Minds; Brainchildren; Freedom Evolves; Sweet
Dreams; and Breaking the Spell.
He co-edited The Mind's I with Douglas Hofstadter and he is the author of
over three hundred scholarly articles on various aspects on 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".
Daniel C. Dennett's Home Page
Center for Cognitive Studies
C. Dennett Bibliography