Daniel C. Dennett Papers, 1958 -- 2017


Title: Daniel C. Dennett Papers
Dates: 1958 -- 2017
Creator: Dennett, Daniel C.
Call Number: MS138
Size: 73.05 Cubic Feet, 222 Digital Object(s)
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10427/000508
    Digital Collections and Archives, Tufts University


This collection contains the writings and correspondence of Daniel C. Dennett. Writings consist of articles, book chapters, books, reviews, and commentaries.


This collection is arranged in three series: Writings; Unprocessed accessions; and Correspondence.


Daniel C. Dennett (1942- ) is University Professor and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, and Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. He was born in Boston, the son of a historian by the same name, and received his B.A. in philosophy from Harvard in 1963. He then went to Oxford to work with Gilbert Ryle, under whose supervision he completed his D.Phil. in philosophy in 1965. He taught at U.C. Irvine from 1965 to 1971, when he moved to Tufts, where he has taught ever since, aside from periods visiting at Harvard, Pittsburgh, Oxford, the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, the London School of Economics and the American University of Beirut.

His first book, Content and Consciousness, was published in 1969, followed by Brainstorms (1978), Elbow Room (1984), The Intentional Stance (1987), Consciousness Explained (1991), Darwin's Dangerous Idea (1995), Kinds of Minds (1996), and Brainchildren: A Collection of Essays 1984-1996 (1998), and Sweet Dreams: Philosophical Obstacles to a Science of Consciousness (2005). He is the author of over four hundred scholarly articles on various aspects on the mind. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Science. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1987.

Dennett was the Co-founder (in 1985) 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.

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Preferred Citation

Daniel C. Dennett Papers, 1958-2017. Tufts University. Digital Collections and Archives. Medford, MA.

Collection History


Transferred by Daniel Dennett and staff, 2007-2017.

Subjects and Genre Terms
  • Faculty papers
  • Philosophy

Series Description

  1. Writings, 1958 -- 2015

    This series contains articles, book chapters, books, reviews, and commentaries by Daniel C. Dennett.

  2. Unprocessed accessions, 1970 -- 2017

    This series contains correspondence - paper and electronic, writings and translations. The correspondence includes topics such as Dennett's books Consciouness Explained, Darwin's Dangerous Idea, and Freedom Evolves. There is also a manuscript for Intuition Pumps.

  3. Correspondence, circa 1970 -- 2017

    This series contains Daniel Dennett's print and email correspondence.

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