Books by Daniel C. Dennett

Daniel C. Dennett is a professor and director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. His many books include Darwin’s Dangerous Idea and, most recently, Freedom Evolves.


ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 19, 2019

"Mostly for devotees of the New Atheism. More than a decade later, not much has changed, as the faithful and the skeptics continue to talk past each other."
A commemoration of the only extended conversation the four bestselling authors ever had. Read full book review >
FROM BACTERIA TO BACH AND BACK by Daniel C. Dennett
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Anyone interested in modern theories of the mind and consciousness has to reckon with Dennett. This book, dense but accessible, is as good a place as any to start."
The dean of consciousness-raising consciousness-explaining returns with another cleareyed exploration of the mind. Read full book review >
INTUITION PUMPS AND OTHER TOOLS FOR THINKING by Daniel C. Dennett
Released: May 6, 2013

"Despite a generous helping of wit and amusing anecdotes, this is not Philosophy for Dummies. Many of the short chapters require close attention and rereading, but those willing to work will come away with a satisfying understanding of how deep thinkers think."
A famous thinker demonstrates how he does his job. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 6, 2006

"An intriguing argument, but one not likely to persuade any but the most heterodox of religious adherents."
An exploration of modern scientific theories of religion, framed by an argument that society must overcome its "spell" against studying religion as a natural, evolutionary occurrence. Read full book review >
FREEDOM EVOLVES by Daniel C. Dennett
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 10, 2003

"Difficult but nonetheless stimulating look into the roots of freedom and responsibility."
National Book Award-winner Dennett (Darwin's Dangerous Idea, 1995, etc.) seeks to account for free will in a world determined by inflexible scientific laws. His answer lies in evolution. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1996

"And not Dennett at his best."
Dennett wears his philosophical hat in this short volume, based on lectures given at University College, Dublin and Canterbury University (New Zealand). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 5, 1995

"Readers had best be prepared to think long and hard about the points Dennett raises, but those who stay with the author will be amply rewarded for their efforts. (40 b&w line drawings) (Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club/History Book Club alternate selections; author tour)"
An explorationat a consistently high level of discourseof the implications of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection, which extend far beyond biology. Read full book review >
CONSCIOUSNESS EXPLAINED by Daniel C. Dennett
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 28, 1991

"Nevertheless, Dennett's analysis is so often brilliant, so witty, and so informed by contemporary culture as to make pleasurable the reading of what is truly a complex and demanding text."
Maybe not explained. Read full book review >