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Owen Flanagan, James B Duke Professor and Professor of Neurobiology    editOwen Flanagan

Office Location: 201E West Duke Building
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page: http://www.duke.edu/~ojf

Office Hours:
Tuesday and Thursdays 9-10 AM
Specialties:
Philosophy of Mind
Cognitive Science
Moral Psychology
Ethics

Research Interests:
Current projects: *Varieties of Moral Possibility.* Book on what 21st c. moral psychology and classical 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 Neurobiology 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 the Humanities.

In 1993-94 Flanagan was President of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology.

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:

  • The Science of the Mind (MIT press, 1984; 2nd edition, 1991)
  • Identity, Character, and Morality: 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 Press, 1992)
  • Self Expressions: Mind, Morals, and the Meaning of Life (Oxford University Press, 1996)
  • The Nature of Consciousness edited with Ned Block and Güven Güzeldere (MIT Press, 1998)
  • Dreaming Souls: Sleep, Dreams, and the Evolution of the Conscious Mind (Oxford University, 1999)
  • Narrative 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 Reconcile Them*
  • *The Really Hard Problem: Meaning in a Material World* (MIT Press 2007).

  • His most recent book is *The Bodhisattva's Brain: Buddhism Naturalized* (October, 2011), MIT PRESS. The paperback and a Korean translation appeared in 2013.

    He 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.*

  • In December 2012 he lectured in INDIA 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. The extended lecture will be published as a monograph by Marquette University Press 2014.

    Areas of Interest:
    Comparative Philosophy (Chinese, Buddhist)
    Philosophy & Literature, Philosophical Anthropology

    Teaching (Spring 2014):
    • PHIL 101.02, Introduction to philosophy Synopsis
      White 201, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
    • PHIL 947S.01, Philosophy & literature Synopsis
      Friedl Bdg 126, Tu 01:25 PM-03:55 PM

    Recent Publications   (More 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  

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