Daniel Dennett

Daniel Dennett

Daniel Dennett, a professor at Tufts University, is an American philosopher and cognitive scientist, probably best known for his work on consciousness. He’s somebody who’s immersed in contemporary neuroscience and, in his books, has a superb knack for finding memorable images to communicate his theories about the way consciousness works. He’s also known for his writing on free will. Dennett is a prominent atheist, one of the ‘four horsemen’ (along with Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins).

Dennett is a tireless critic of sloppy thinking and even if you didn’t agree with him, he’s always entertaining to read. He is a lively writer and really crafts his books, another reason his books have been recommended many, many times on Five Books.

Books by Daniel Dennett

Interviews where books by Daniel Dennett were recommended

Best Books on the Neuroscience of Consciousness, recommended by Anil Seth

Nearly every human has a sense of self, a feeling that we are located in a body that’s looking out at the world and experiencing it over the course of a lifetime. Some people even think of it as a soul or other nonphysical reality that is yet somehow connected to the blood and bones that make up our bodies. How things seem, however, is quite often an unreliable guide to how things are, says neuroscientist Anil Seth. Here he recommends five key books that led him to his own understanding of consciousness, and explores why it is that what is likely an illusion can be so utterly convincing.

The best books on Philosophy of Mind, recommended by Keith Frankish

The experimental investigation of the mind is now the province of psychology and neuroscience – but many conceptual and metaphysical questions remain. Philosophy of mind deals with these fundamental questions, says Keith Frankish, as he selects five of the best books in the field.

The best books on Consciousness, recommended by Susan Blackmore

The ‘hard problem’ of consciousness – of how the physical matter of the brain produces the psychological phenomenon of consciousness – has dogged psychologists and neuroscientists for decades. But what if we’ve been posing the question incorrectly all this time? The psychologist Susan Blackmore discusses five key texts that tackle this quicksilver concept.

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