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Content and Consciousness Revisited

With Replies by Daniel Dennett

  • Carlos Muñoz-Suárez
  • Felipe De Brigard


  • Re-visits the ideas and ideals introduced in Dennett’s first book, Content and Consciousness (1969)

  • Includes critical and original contributions to diverse fields, such as cognitive science, cognitive psychology, philosophy of mind and cognitive psychiatry

  • Provides fundamental lessons relevant to the areas of philosophy of mind, psychology, cognitive science and related disciplines

  • Suggests avenues for future research in philosophy, psychology, cognitive science and related disciplines


Part of the Studies in Brain and Mind book series (SIBM, volume 7)

About this book


 What are the grounds for the distinction between the mental and the physical? What is it the relation between ascribing mental states to an organism and understanding its behavior? Are animals and complex systems vehicles of inner evolutionary environments? Is there a difference between personal and sub-personal level processes in the brain? Answers to these and other questions were developed in Daniel Dennett’s first book, Content and Consciousness (1969), where he sketched a unified theoretical framework for views that are now considered foundational in cognitive science and philosophy of mind.

Content and Consciousness Revisited is devoted to reconsider the ideas and ideals introduced in Dennett’s seminal book, by covering its fundamental concepts, hypotheses and approaches, and taking into account the findings and progress which have taken place during more than four decades. This book includes original and critical contributions about the relations between science and philosophy, the personal/sub-personal level distinction, intelligence, learning, intentionality, rationality, propositional attitudes, among other issues of scientific and philosophical interest. Each chapter embraces an updated approach to several disciplines, like cognitive science, cognitive psychology, philosophy of mind, and cognitive psychiatry.


Conscious-state anti-realism Daniel Dennett Dennett's Content and Consciousness Dennett's dual-level theory of reasoning Intentional Stance Mental Content Mind and Brain Personal/Sub-personal distinction Teleofunctionalism developmental feedback loop rationality assumption

Editors and affiliations

  • Carlos Muñoz-Suárez
    • 1
  • Felipe De Brigard
    • 2
  1. 1.Departament de Lògica, Història i FilosofiaUniversitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Center for Cognitive Neuroscience Department of PhilosophyDuke UniversityDurhamUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Content and Consciousness Revisited
  • Book Subtitle With Replies by Daniel Dennett
  • Editors Carlos Muñoz-Suárez
    Felipe De Brigard
  • Series Title Studies in Brain and Mind
  • Series Abbreviated Title Studies in Brain,Mind
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-17373-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-36727-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-17374-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 220
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Mind
    Cognitive Psychology
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“The essays in the volume are clearly written and largely offer constructive criticism and friendly amendments. Dennett's replies are personable and supportive and for the most part informative. Overall I enjoyed reading the book (and re-reading Consciousness and Content while I awaited the book) and I learned a lot from the various exchanges. … it is nice to see Dennett's ideas being explored, refined, and connected to contemporary interdisciplinary endeavors in the cognitive sciences, including by Dennett himself!” (Richard Brown, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews,, April, 2016)

“This book is well written, is authoritative, and makes an insightful contribution to the field. … This book is essential reading for the modern student and academic interested in both the scientific and philosophical aspects of brain in producing mind and for those looking for a detailed in-depth collective work on the core aspects of Dennett’s ideas. … I would recommend this book without hesitation to seasoned students and professional academics as an essential contribution to their ever-growing library.” (Jason J. Braithwaite, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 61 (7), February, 2016)