Daniel Dennett

1942 - 2024

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Daniel Clement Dennett III (March 28, 1942 – April 19, 2024) was an American philosopher and cognitive scientist. His research centered on the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of science, and the philosophy of biology, particularly as those fields relate to evolutionary biology and cognitive science. Dennett was the co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies and the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University in Massachusetts. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Daniel Dennett has received more than 2,575,688 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia. Daniel Dennett is the 465th most popular philosopher (down from 348th in 2019), the 1,432nd most popular biography from United States (down from 961st in 2019) and the 12th most popular American Philosopher.

Daniel Dennett is most famous for his theory of the "intentional stance," which is the idea that we can understand the beliefs and desires of an entity by imagining that it is a person with intentions.

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Among philosophers, Daniel Dennett ranks 465 out of 1,267Before him are Priscian, Victor Cousin, Vittorino da Feltre, Michel de Certeau, Zhiyi, and Ivan Ilyin. After him are Vincent of Beauvais, George Pachymeres, Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda, Jean-Luc Nancy, Hans Reichenbach, and Hasdai Crescas.

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Among people born in 1942, Daniel Dennett ranks 104Before him are Daniela Bianchi, Margarethe von Trotta, Scott Wilson, Mike Newell, Jacques Dubochet, and Conrad Schumann. After him are Prince Michael of Kent, Barry Levinson, Bob Ross, Larry Flynt, Manolo Blahnik, and Kang Kek Iew. Among people deceased in 2024, Daniel Dennett ranks 44Before him are Glynis Johns, Sandra Milo, Robert Badinter, Karl-Heinz Schnellinger, Nikolai Ryzhkov, and Norman Jewison. After him are Yael Dayan, Micheline Presle, Helena Rojo, Artur Jorge, Sergio Sebastiani, and Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Daniel Dennett ranks 1,432 out of 20,380Before him are Joshua Lederberg (1925), Henry Rollins (1961), Hiram Maxim (1840), Neil Diamond (1941), William Daniel Phillips (1948), and Beck (1970). After him are Walter Bradford Cannon (1871), Ron Howard (1954), Harold Perrineau (1963), Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960), Sam Walton (1918), and Bernard Herrmann (1911).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United States

Among philosophers born in United States, Daniel Dennett ranks 12Before him are Richard Rorty (1931), John Searle (1932), Hilary Putnam (1926), Ronald Dworkin (1931), Nelson Goodman (1906), and Martha Nussbaum (1947). After him are Willard Van Orman Quine (1908), Murray Bookchin (1921), Saul Kripke (1940), Kenneth Waltz (1924), Tom Regan (1938), and Arthur Danto (1924).