Dr. Tadeusz Zawidzki

Tadeusz Zawidzki

Department Chair, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Co-Director of Mind-Brain-Evolution Cluster
Phillips 524, Office Hours: MW 10:00 -11:00 & by appt.
Phone: 202-994-6444


Tadeusz Zawidzki


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



Zawidzki, T. 2013. Mindshaping. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Articles and Book Portions

Renner, E. & Zawidzki, T. Forthcoming. Minimal Cognitive Preconditions on the “Ratchet”. Social Cognition in Primates. Springer.

Zawidzki, T. Forthcoming. The Many Roles of the Intentional Stance. Engaging Dennett. Oxford University Press.

Zawidzki, T. Forthcoming. Mindshaping. The Oxford Handbook of 4e Cognition. Oxford University Press.

Zawidzki, T. Forthcoming. Mindshaping and Self-Interpretation. Companion to the Social Mind. Routledge.

Zawidzki, T. 2015. Dennett’s Strategy for Naturalizing Intentionality: an Innovative Play at Second Base. Philosophia, DOI: 10.1007/s11406015-9630-6.

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/s11097-011-9218-y.                                                     

Zawidzki T. 2011. How To Interpret Infant Socio-Cognitive Competence. Review of Philosophy and Psychology 2:483–497. DOI: 10.1007/s131640110064-1.


Zawidzki, T. 2015. An Anti-Individualist Approach to the Phylogeny of Human Cognition: Review Essay of Kim Sterelny’s The Evolved Apprentice. The European Legacy. DOI:10.1080/10848770.2015.1058017.

Zawidzki, T. 2015.  As close to the definitive Dennett as we’re going to get: Review Essay of Daniel Dennett’s Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 50, pp. 98-102.

Zawidzki, T. 2012. Review of Ray Jackendoff’s A User’s Guide to Thought and Meaning. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2012.09.09, http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/33109-a-user-s-guide-to-thought-and-meaning/

Professional Activities


“Are Infant Interpreters Dennettians?” Presented at: (1) Modelling Self on Others Workshop, Central European University, Cognitive Science Department, Budapest, May 2015; (2) Social Minds Graduate Student Philosophy Conference, University of Maryland, College Park, April 2015, and (3) Loyola University pre-SSPP Philosophy and the Cognitive Sciences Workshop, New Orleans, April 2015.

“Mindfulness as Metacognitive Skill.” Presented at: (1) Philosophy Department Colloquium, Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA, March 2015, and (2) Sensorium: The Symposium, George Washington University, Smith Hall of Art, December  2014.

“Self-Interpretation as Software.” Presented at: (1) Virginia Philosophical Association Meeting Keynote, Washington and Lee University, November 2014, and  (2) Instituting Minds Conference, Institute of Philosophy, London, July 2014.

“The Many Roles of the Intentional Stance,” Presentation at the annual meeting of the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Charleston, SC, February 7, 2014.

“The Myth of Jones Revisited: Our Dennettian Ancestors,” Presentation at the annual meeting of the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Austin, TX, February 28, 2013, at the Minds in Common conference, Institut Jean-Nicod, Paris, France, June 25, 2013, and to the Wifrid Sellars Society, at the annual meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Baltimore, MD, December 27, 2013.

“Why Do We Mindread?” Presentation at the Kazimierz Naturalism Workshop on Wide Cognition and Social Intelligence, Kazimierz Dolny, August 21, 2013; at the Culture and Mind Workshop, University of Amsterdam, June 29, 2013, and to the College of Charleston Philosophy Department, Charleston, SC, September 15, 2011.


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

PHIL 1051.14 MW 12:45-2:00