Owen Flanagan, James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy edit|
Office Location: 201E West Duke Building
- Office Hours:
- Monday 9-10 AM and by Appt.
Philosophy of Mind
- Research Interests:
- Current projects:
1. The Geography of Morals* Book on what 21st c. moral psychology and cross-cultural moral philosophy can teach each other.
Owen Flanagan (Ph.D. 1978, Boston
University) came to Duke as chair of the department in 1993, a post he held until 1999. He
also holds appointments in Psychology and is a Faculty Fellow in
Cognitive Neuroscience and a steering committee member of the "Philosophy, Arts, and Literature" (PAL) program, and an Affiliate of the Graduate Program in Literature.
He has had visiting
positions at Berkeley, Brandeis, Princeton, Harvard, and
La Trobe in Australia, University of Vienna, City University of Hong Kong, as well as several
fellowships from the National Endowment for
In 1993-94 Flanagan was
President of the Society for Philosophy and
In 1998, he was recipient of the
Romanell National Phi Beta Kappa award,
given annually to one American philosopher
for distinguished contributions to philosophy
and the public understanding of philosophy.
He has lectured on every continent except Antarctica, where however he has been. Besides enjoying writing
articles, reviews, and
contributing to colloquia, Flanagan has
written the following books and edited several:
Science of the Mind (MIT press, 1984; 2nd
- Identity, Character, and
Essays in Moral Psychology, edited with
Amelie O. Rorty (MIT Press, 1990)
- Varieties of
Moral Personality: Ethics and Psychological
Realism (Harvard University Press, 1991),
- Consciousness Reconsidered (MIT
- Self Expressions: Mind, Morals, and
Meaning of Life (Oxford University Press,
- The Nature of
edited with Ned Block and Güven Güzeldere
(MIT Press, 1998)
- Dreaming Souls: Sleep,
Dreams, and the Evolution of the Conscious
Mind (Oxford University, 1999)
and Consciousness: Literature, Psychology,
and the Brain Co-edited with Gary Fireman and Ted
McVay (Oxford University Press, 2002)
- *The Problem of the
Soul: Two Visions of Mind and How to
- *The Really Hard Problem: Meaning in a Material World* (MIT Press 2007).
*The Bodhisattva's Brain: Buddhism Naturalized* (October, 2011), MIT PRESS. The paperback and a Korean translation appeared in 2013.
In 2013 he gave the 78th Aquinas Lecture at Marquette University, which has been published as *Moral Sprouts and Natural Teleology: 21st c. Moral Psychology Meets Classical Chinese Philosophy* (Marquette University Press, 2014)
In December 2012 he lectured in INDIA (Delhi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Allahabad) as Indian Council for Philosophical Research (ICPR) Distinguished Lecturer on *Comparative Philosophy, Virtue, and Well-Being*
In the Fall of 2013, He was distinguished research professor at City University Hong Kong and lectured widely in East Asia on 21st c. Moral Psychology & East Asian Philosophy
In February 2014 he will give the 77th Aquinas Lecture at Marquette University on * MORAL SPROUTS AND NATURAL TELEOLOGIES: 21st CENTURY MORAL PSYCHOLOGY MEETS CLASSICAL CHINESE
PHILOSOPHY. A monograph based on the lecture was published by Marquette University Press 2014.
was awarded a Fulbright Research Award
in 2001-2002 to study Buddhist and Hindu
conceptions of the self. In 2006 he gave the Templeton research Lectures at USC in Los Angeles on *Human Flourishing in the Age of Mind Science.*
- Areas of Interest:
- Comparative Philosophy (Chinese, Buddhist)
Philosophy & Literature, Philosophical Anthropology
- Recent Publications
- O. Flanagan Jr.. MORAL SPROUTS AND NATURAL TELEOLOGIES 21st CENTURY MORAL PSYCHOLOGY MEETS CLASSICAL CHINESE PHILOSOPHY. Marquette University Press, 2014. (Monograph pp. 120 for Aquinas Lecture Series)
- O. Flanagan. "Phenomenal Authority: The Epistemic Authority of Alcoholics Anonymous." The Nature of Addiction (2014). [abs]
- O. Flanagan & Jing Hu. "Han Fei Zi's Philosophical Psychology: Human Nature, Scarcity, and the Neo-Darwinian Consensus." The State of Nature in Comparative Political Thought: Western and Non-Western Perspectives (2014).
- O. Flanagan. "*It Takes a Metaphysics, Raising Virtuous Buddhists*." *Cultivating Virtue* (Accepted, 2014). [abs]
- O. Flanagan. "PERFORMING ONESELF." Philosophy of Creativity (2014).
- Conferences Organized
- Editorial Boards, 2007 - present
- Curriculum Vitae