Dennett’s deism


DOI: 10.1007/s11153-010-9279-9

Cite this article as:
Ross, C. Int J Philos Relig (2012) 71: 221. doi:10.1007/s11153-010-9279-9


To suggest that Daniel Dennett is a deist is to invite ridicule. Dennett is both an avowed atheist and defender of naturalism in philosophy. Yet if we pay heed to the entirety of Dennett’s claims a curious picture emerges. My suggestion is that Hegel and Marx represent the rival responses to what we might call the modern predicament: what is the nature of existence in a world which seems a mechanism? Dennett’s response to this question is Hegelian, and involves a commitment to a religiosity which might surprise those otherwise receptive to his arguments.


Dennett Deism Naturalism Hegel Marx Darwin 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Langside CollegeGlasgowUK

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