University of Hertfordshire

Professor Daniel Hutto

Daniel Hutto

Professor Daniel Hutto


Daniel D. Hutto was born and schooled in New York but finished his undergraduate degree as a study abroad student in St Andrews, Scotland where his maternal roots lie. After completing his MPhil in Logic and Metaphysics at St. Andrews he carried on his doctoral work in York. Prof. Hutto joined Hertfordshire in 1993 and served as Head of Philosophy from 1999 to 2005. He currently holds joint appointments at Hertfordshire and Wollongong.

Hutto's research is a sustained attempt to understand human nature in a way which respects natural science but which nevertheless rejects the impersonal metaphysics of contemporary naturalism. His recent projects have focused on consciousness, intentionality and everyday social understanding. He is author of The Presence of Mind (John Benjamins, 1999), Beyond Physicalism (John Benjamins, 2000), Wittgenstein and the End of Philosophy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), and Folk Psychological Narratives (MIT Bradford Books, 2008). He is co-editor of Folk-Psychology Re-Assessed (Springer, 2007) and editor of Narrative and Understanding Persons (CUP, 2007) and Narrative and Folk Psychology (Imprint Academic, 2009). A special yearbook issue of Consciousness and Emotion, entitled Radical Enactivism, which focuses on his philosophy of intentionality, phenomenology and narrative, was published in 2006.

He has recently completed a co-authored book (with Erik Myin, Antwerp) entitled Radicalizing Enactivism: Basic Minds without Content (MIT Press 2013). This was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2014. He is a node leader in the Marie Curie Action 'Towards an Embodied Science of Intersubjectivity' initial training network (2011-2015) and a collaborator in the 'Agency, Normativity and Identity' project (2012-2015) funded by the Spanish Ministry of Innovation and Research.  He was also a chief co-investigator for the Australian Research Council 'Embodied Virtues and Expertise' project (2010-2013). He regularly speaks at conferences and expert meetings for clinical psychiatrists, educationalists, narratologists, neuroscientists and psychologists.

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