Tadeusz Zawidzki

Tadeusz Zawidzki

Department Chair, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Co-Director of Mind-Brain-Evolution Cluster
Phillips 524
Phone: 202-994-6444


Tadeusz Zawidzki

Current Research

Currently, Professor Zawidzki is working on a number of projects including:

“The Many Roles of the Intentional Stance,” Chapter in forthcoming Festschrift on the work of Daniel Dennett: Engaging Dennett: Essays (Oxford University Press)., which is to be presented at the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology Annual Meeting, in Charleston SC, February 8, 2014 “Self-Interpretation for Eliminativists,” upcoming presentation at the Instituting Minds Conference in London, UK, July 2014. Authoring a chapter in Self Interpreting Self-Knowers, edited by Patrizia Pedrini & Julie Kirsch, which is a volume under review by Oxford University Press “Mindshaping” entry in Routledge Handbook of the Social Mind, edited by Julian Kiverstein.


Ph.D., Philosophy, Washington University (St. Louis)


Papers and Book Chapters

Zawidzki T. 2012. Trans-human cognitive enhancement, phenomenal consciousness and the extended mind. International Journal of Machine Consciousness 4(1): 215-227.

Zawidzki T. 2012. Unlikely allies:Embodied social cognition and the intentional stance. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 11: 487-506.DOI 10.1007/s11097-011-9218y.

Zawidzki T. 2011. How To Interpret Infant Socio-Cognitive Competence. Review of Philosophy and Psychology 2:483–497. DOI 10.1007/s13164-0110064-1.

Zawidzki, T. 2011.  Entry on language evolution.  In The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Human Evolution, edited by Bernard Wood.  Oxford: Blackwell.

Zawidzki, T. 2009.  GWU Writing-in-the-Discipline Guidebook (Philosophy).

Zawidzki, T. 2009. Adaptive self-directed misbeliefs: More than just a rarefied phenomenon? Behavioral and Brain Sciences 32: 540-541.

Zawidzki, T. 2008. The function of folk psychology: Mind reading or mindshaping? Philosophical explorations 11(3): 193-209.

Zawidzki, T., "Entry on language evolution", The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Human Evolution; ISBN : null,2011, edited by Bernard Wood. Oxford: Blackwell.

Refereed Article

Zawidzki T., "Trans-human cognitive enhancement, phenomenal consciousness and the extended mind", International Journal of Machine Consciousness; 2012, 4(1): 215-227.*

Zawidzki T., "Unlikely allies: Embodied social cognition and the intentional stance.", Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences; 2012, 11: 487-506. DOI 10.1007/s11097-011-9218-y.*

Zawidzki T., "How To Interpret Infant Socio-Cognitive Competence.", Review of Philosophy and Psychology; 2011, 2:483–497. DOI 10.1007/s13164-0110064-1. *


Zawidzki, T., "A User’s Guide to Thought and Meaning.", Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews; 2012. Review of Ray Jackendoff’s, 2012.09.09,


Mindshaping (2013, MIT Press).  Reviewed in Notre Dame Philosophical Review.  Dennett (2007, Oneworld Press).

Professional Activities


“The Myth of Jones Revisited,” presented at

  • “Minds in Common” conference at the Institut Jean-Nicod, in Paris, June 2013
  • The Wilfrid Sellars Society, at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association, Baltimore, MD, December 2013

"Why Do We Mindread?” presented at

  • The 2013 Kazimierz Naturalism Workshop on “Wide Cognition and Social       Intelligence”, August 2013 in Kazimierz Dolny, Poland.
  • Culture and Mind Workshop at the University of Amsterdam, June 2013

“The Many Roles of the Intentional Stance,” presented at

  • 2014 Annual Meeting of the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, in Charleston, SC, February 8, 2014.


Awards and Honors

"Invited Participant in Liberty Fund’s Colloquium on Liberty and Equality"; January 2013, Tucson, AZ.

"Invited Participant in Oberlin Philosophy of Mind Colloquium"; June 2012, Oberlin, OH.

Awarded George Washington University Research Enhancement Fund for the Mind/Brain/Evolution Cluster, 2008-2011, $104,250.00 (principal author of proposal).

Awarded George Washington University Dilthey/UFF grant for Mind shaping, summer 2008, $8964.00.

Awarded George Washington University Seminar in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience, 2008-2009, $2500.00 (co-authored proposal).

Classes Taught

Fall 2015 course:  PHIL 1051.14 Introduction to Philosophy