• Publications of Owen Flanagan

      • Books

          • 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.
          • Moral Sprouts and Natural Teleology: 21st century Moral Psychology Meets Classical Chinese Philosophy.
          • Marquette University Press,
          • 2014.
          Publication Description

          The 78th Aquinas Lecture

          • Virtue Epistemology Naturalized.
          • Cambridge University Press,
          • 2014.
          • Abrol Fairweather & O. Flanagan Jr. (Eds.).
          • Naturalized Virtue Epistemology.
          • Cambridge University Press,
          • 2013.
          • Fireman, GD; McVay, TE; Flanagan, OJ.
          • Narrative and Consciousness: Literature, Psychology and the Brain.
          • 2012.
          • [web]
          Publication Description

          © Oxford University Press, 2014. All Rights Reserved.The evocation of narrative as a way to understand the content of consciousness, including memory, autobiography, self, and imagination, has sparked truly interdisciplinary work among psychologists, philosophers, and literary critics. Even neuroscientists have taken an interest in the stories people create to understand themselves, their past, and the world around them. The research presented in this volume should appeal to researchers enmeshed in these problems, as well as the general reader with an interest in the philosophical problem of what consciousness is and how it functions in the everyday world.

          • O. Flanagan Jr..
          • The Bodhisattva's Brain: Buddhism Naturalized (paper 2013).
          • MIT PRESS,
          • October, 2011.
          • O Flanagan.
          • The Bodhisattva’s Brain: Buddhism Naturalized.
          • MIT Press,
          • 2011.
          • O. Flanagan.
          • The Really Hard Problem: Meaning in a Material World.
          • MIT Press,
          • Fall, 2007.
          Publication Description

          Nominated for a Pulitzer in Best Academic Book Category. Published Nov. 1. In 2nd Printing

          • O Flanagan.
          • The Really Hard Problem: Meaning in a Material World.
          • MIT Press,
          • 2007.
          • Narrative and Consciousness: Literature, Psychology, and the Brain. Eds. Gary Fireman, Ted McVay, and Owen Flanagan.
          • Oxford University Press,
          • 2003.
          Publication Description

          Interdisciplinary book (edited collection) on role/construction of self-narratives in cog. sci, neuroscience, psychology and literature. A contribution to topic of personal identity and role of narrative in self-construction.

          First book of its kind, largely inspired by previous work of mine on the narrative self. Co-author of Introduction and of one essay with Gillian Einstein (see elsewhere)

          • O Flanagan.
          • The Problem of the Soul: Two Visions of Mind and How to Reconcile Them.
          • Basic Books,
          • 2002.
          • O Flanagan.
          • Almas Que Suenan.
          • Oceano,
          • 2003.
          Publication Description

          Spanish translation of DREAMING SOULS.

          • O Flanagan.
          • Dreaming Souls.
          • Oxford University Press,
          • Fall, 1999.
          • The Nature of Consciousness.
          • MIT Press,
          • 1998.
          • O Flanagan.
          • Self Expressions: Mind, Morals and the Meaning of Life.
          • Oxford University Press,
          • 1996.
          • O Flanagan.
          • Consciousness Reconsidered.
          • MIT Press,
          • 1992.
          • O Flanagan.
          • Varieties of Moral Personality: Ethics and Psychological Realism.
          • Harvard University Press,
          • 1991.
          • Identity, Character, and Morality: Essays in Moral Psychology.
          • MIT Press,
          • 1990.
          • O Flanagan.
          • The Science of the Mind.
          • MIT Press,
          • 1984.
          • (2nd edition 1991).
      • Papers Published

          • O Flanagan and J Hu.
          • "Han Fei Zi’s Philosophical Psychology: Human Nature, Scarcity, and the Neo-Darwinian Consensus."
          • manual
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          • The State of Nature in Comparative Political Thought: Western and Non-Western Perspectives.
          • Ed. JD Carlson and RA Fox.
          • Lexington Books,
          • (2014)
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          • O Flanagan.
          • "Phenomenal Authority: The Epistemic Authority of Alcoholics Anonymous."
          • manual
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          • The Nature of Addiction.
          • Ed. N Levy.
          • Oxford University Press,
          • (2014)
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          Publication Description

          To understand a complicated psycho-bio-social phenomenon(a) such as addiction to alcohol one wants ideally a phenomenology, a behavioral and cognitive psychology, a physiology, and a neurobiology – all embedded in a sociology. One wants to know what it is like to be alcoholic – if, that is, there is any commonality to the experiences of alcoholics (Flanagan 2011). One wants to know about such things as whether and if so what kind of loss of control alcoholics experience in relation to alcohol (as well as, any and all affective and cognitive deficits). One wants to know what the brain is doing and how it contributes to the production of the characteristic phenomenology(ies) and control (and other cognitive and affective) problems. One wants to know what effect heavy drinking has on vulnerable organ systems, e.g., the brain, the heart, and the liver. And, of course, all along the way, one should want to know how the sociomoral-cultural-political ecology normalizes, romanticizes, pathologizes, etc. alcoholism and its relations, heavy drinking, recklessness-under-the-influence, etc. Some scientists and philosophers worry that the program of A.A. biases our understanding of the phenomenology, psychology, physiology, and neurobiology of addiction and prevents a unified, or at least a consilient, account of the nature, causes, and treatment of alcoholism from emerging. I have experience in the rooms of A.A., as well as in seminar and conference rooms with experts on addiction. From this perspective, I assess this claim that A.A. is part of the problem, not of the solution, and suggest some ways to increase mutual understanding between the various modes of understanding alcoholism, which if abided would yield sensitive and sensible interaction among the practical program of A.A. and the sciences of addiction. One consequence is that A.A. would need to acknowledge that as a therapeutic social institution it is a repository of some practical knowledge about what works to help some people recovery and stay abstinent, but has no expertise on alcoholism or even on “how it works” if, that is, it does work.

          • O Flanagan.
          • "PERFORMING ONESELF."
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          • Philosophy of Creativity.
          • Ed. E Samuels and SB Kaufmann.
          • Oxford University Press,
          • (2014)
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          • O Flanagan.
          • "The shame of addiction.."
          • Front Psychiatry
          • 4
          • (2013)
          • :
          • 120.
          • [web]
          Publication Description

          Addiction is a person-level phenomenon that involves twin normative failures. A failure of normal rational effective agency or self-control with respect to the substance; and shame at both this failure, and the failure to live up to the standards for a good life that the addict himself acknowledges and aspires to. Feeling shame for addiction is not a mistake. It is part of the shape of addiction, part of the normal phenomenology of addiction, and often a source of motivation for the addict to heal. Like other recent attempts in the addiction literature to return normative concepts such as "choice" and "responsibility" to their rightful place in understanding and treating addiction, the twin normative failure model is fully compatible with investigation of genetic and neuroscientific causes of addiction. Furthermore, the model does not re-moralize addiction. There can be shame without blame.

          Referred Article. Open Source Journal. 720 Views in 3 months.

      • Papers Accepted

          • I Crome, L-T Wu, RT Rao and P Crome.
          • "Introduction."
          • scival
          • .
          • Naturalized Virtue Epistemology.
          • Ed. A. Fairweather & O. Flanagan.
          • Cambridge University Press,
          • (2014)
          • :
          • xxiv-xxv.
          • O Flanagan.
          • "*It Takes a Metaphysics, Raising Virtuous Buddhists*."
          • manual
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          • *Cultivating Virtue*.
          • Ed. N Snow.
          • Oxford University Press,
          • (2014)
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          Publication Description

          Abstract: Buddhism is an extremely demanding ethic, possibly as demanding as act-utilitarianism. It endorses virtuous dispositions, compassion and loving-kindness, to alleviate the suffering of all sentient beings and to bring well-being in its stead. How does Buddhism inculcate these virtues, if it does? Besides the usual direct instruction, cajoling, carrots and sticks familiar across ethical traditions, Buddhists work to inculcate these virtues by teaching children a metaphysic that involves recognition of one’s ephemerality and one’s dependency on and interconnectedness with all other beings.

          • O Flanagan and S Geisz.
          • "Confucian Moral Sources."
          • manual
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          • The Philosophical Challenge from China.
          • Ed. B Burya.
          • MIT Press,
          • (2013)
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          • O Flanagan, A Ancell, S Martin and G Steenbergen.
          • "Empiricism and Normative Ethics What do the biology and the psychology of morality have to do with ethics?."
          • manual
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          • Evolved Morality: The Biology & Philosophy of Human Conscience.
          • Ed. FD Waal and PSCE al.
          • Brill,
          • (2013)
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          • O Flanagan.
          • "Buddhism and The Scientific Image."
          • Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science
          • (2013)
          • .
      • Book Reviews

          • O. Flanagan Jr..
          • "Kristján Kristjánsson The Self and Its Emotions Kristján Kristjánsson, The Self and Its Emotions, Cambridge University Press, 2010, 288pp., ISBN 9780521114783.."
          • NOTRE DAME PHILOSOPHICAL REVIEWS
          • (2012)
          • .
          • [web]
          • O. Flanagan Jr..
          • "SISSELA BOK Exploring Happiness: From Aristotle to Brain Science."
          • Notre Dame Review of Books
          • (April, 2011)
          • .
          • O Flanagan.
          • "I, hypocrite."
          • NEW SCIENTIST
          • 208
          • .2791
          • (18 december 2010)
          • :
          • 44-44.
          • [web]
          • O. Flanagan Jr..
          • "The Ego Tunnel http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20127001.600-review-the-ego-tunnel-by-thomas-metzinger.html."
          • New Scientist
          • (March 21, 2009)
          • .
          • O Flanagan.
          • "Where in the World is the Mind?."
          • New Scientist
          • 201
          • .2691
          • (January 17, 2009)
          • :
          • 42-43.
          • [web]
          • O. Flanagan Jr..
          • "“The Literate Ape,” New Scientist November 23, 2009 http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/culturelab/2009/11/how-our-brains-learned-to-read.php."
          • 2009.
          • O. Flanagan Jr..
          • "“The Left Brain Conspiracy,” New Scientist, December 9, 2009 http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20427381.600."
          • 2009.
      • Articles and Chapters

          • O Flanagan.
          • "The View From the East Pole: Buddhist and Confucian Tolerance."
          • manual
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          • Religion and Tolerance.
          • Ed. S Clarke and R Powell.
          • Oxford University Press,
          • (2013)
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          Publication Description

          In this chapter I ask the question: Why are Buddhists and Confucians more tolerant, less conflict prone, less war-like, etc. than Abrahamic peoples IF THEY ARE?1 A proper analysis that positioned us to adequately answer this question would require defining the different concepts—“tolerance,” “conflict-prone,” “war-like”—producing evidence that it is true that there exist significant differences between adherents of these different traditions, and then using something like Mill’s methods to rule out political, economic, or material culture explanations of the differences, thereby making the reli- gious differences the most plausible candidate for the difference-maker.2 Here I do something less than what is needed. I operate on the assump- tion that it is true that Buddhists and Confucians are more tolerant, less conflict-prone, etc. than Abrahamic people, all else equal.3 Then I formulate a hypothesis for why the difference-maker may have to do with God, or better, with beliefs about God’s nature and modus operandi. I say “may” because I am not convinced that my hypothesis is true. The hypothesis is not that Buddhism and Confucianism are more rational, less superstitious than the Abrahamic religions. It is that Buddhism and Confucianism have theologies that differ from the Abrahamic ones in ways that make a difference. The core idea is that the belief in the Abrahamic God (Yahweh, God, Allah) engenders or supports attitudes and actions that demand epistemic and normative conformity across peoples with different customs, habits, and beliefs. Buddhist and Confucian theologies differ from each other in important ways, but share the following two features (Flanagan 2008; Flanagan 2011):

          • O Flanagan.
          • "The Social Epistemological Normalization of Contestable Narratives:* Stories of Just Deserts."
          • manual
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          • What Happened In and To Moral Philosophy in the Twentieth Century.
          • Ed. FO Rourke.
          • Notre Dame University Press,
          • (2013)
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          • O Flanagan Jr and T Lane.
          • "Neuroexistentialism, Eudaimonics, and Positive Illusions."
          • SYNTHESE Philosophy Library: Studies in Epistemology, Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science
          • .
          • Springer,
          • (2013)
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          • O Flanagan.
          • "Phenomenal and historical selves."
          • Grazer Philosophische Studien
          • .
          • Ed. Katja Crone, Kristina Musholt & Anna Strasser.
          • 84
          • (2012)
          • :
          • 217-240.
          Publication Description

          There are two ways a person can experience or, what is dif erent, can think about herself: f rst, as a subject of experience who feels a certain characteristic way, the-way-it-feels-to-be-oneself; and, second, as the person who is the subject of a particular autobiography, as the actor who is the protagonist in the history of this organism. The f rst is the phenomenal self; the second is the historical self. Marking the distinction has implications for philosophical psychology, for views about what a self is, how many selves a person has, the varieties of self-knowledge and self-consciousness, and for normative views about how a self is supposed to relate to its own past and future.

          • O. Flanagan Jr. & Stephen Martin.
          • "Science and the Modest Image of Epistemology."
          • Human.Mente - Journal of Philosophical Studies 21
          • (2012)
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          Publication Description

          In Philosophy and the Scientific Image of Man (1963) Wilfrid Sellars raises a problem for the very possibility of normative epistemology. How can the scientific image, which celebrates the causal relation among often imperceptible physical states, make room for justificatory relations among introspectible propositional attitudes? We sketch a naturalistic model of reason and of epistemic decisions that parallels a compatibilist solution to the problem of freedom of action. Not only doesn’t science lead to rejection of our account of normative reasoning, science depends on, sophisticates, and explains how normative reasoning is possible.

          • O Flanagan Jr, A Ancell, S Martin and G Steenbergen.
          • "What do the Psychology and Biology of Morality have to do with Ethics?: Ethics as Human Ecology."
          • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B
          • (In Press 2012)
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          • O Flanagan and J Hu.
          • "HAN FEI ZI'S PHILOSOPHICAL PSYCHOLOGY: HUMAN NATURE, SCARCITY, AND THE NEO-DARWINIAN CONSENSUS."
          • Journal of Chinese Philosophy
          • 38
          • .2
          • (June, 2011)
          • :
          • 293-316.
          • [web]
          • O Flanagan.
          • "Wittgenstein's Ethical Nonnaturalism: An Interpretation of Tractatus 6.41-47 and the 'Lecture on Ethics'."
          • American Philosophical Quarterly
          • 48
          • .2
          • University of Illinois Press,
          • (April, 2011)
          • :
          • 185-198.
          • O Flanagan.
          • "Performing Oneself."
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          • Philosophy and Creativity.
          • Ed. E Paul and SB Kaufmann.
          • Oxford University Press,
          • (2011)
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          Publication Description

          Abstract: I explore the ancient idea that life is some kind of dramatic or artistic performance. How seriously and literally ought we to take this idea that life is like a dramatic performance, even that it is one? There are metaphysical and logical questions about whether and how self-creation and self-constitution are possible; and there are normative questions about which norms sensibly govern self-constituting performances. Here I discuss the normative questions associated with the ideas that life is a performance and that the self is something that both emerges in and is constituted by the performance. Three contemporary psychopoetic conceptions of persons – “day-by-day persons,” “ironic persons,” and “strong poetic persons” are examined in order to discuss whether there are legitimate normative constraints on “performing oneself,” and, if so, what these might be.

          • O Flanagan.
          • "My Non-Narrative, Non-Forensic Dasein: The First and Second Self."
          • manual
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          • Self and Consciousness.
          • Ed. JL Liu and J Perry.
          • Cambridge University Press,
          • (2011)
          • :
          • 214-240.
          • O Flanagan.
          • "Neuroexistentialism, with David Barack."
          • EURAMERICA
          • 40
          • .3
          • (September 2010)
          • .
          • O. Flanagan Jr..
          • "1. “What does the Modularity of Ethics have to do with Ethics? Four Moral Sprouts Plus or Minus a Few” with Robert A. Williams, TopiCS (Topics in Cognitive Science).."
          • July, 2010.
          • O Flanagan and RA Williams.
          • "What Does the Modularity of Morals Have to Do With Ethics? Four Moral Sprouts Plus or Minus a Few."
          • TOPICS IN COGNITIVE SCIENCE
          • 2
          • .3
          • (2010)
          • :
          • 430-453.
          • [web]
          • O Flanagan.
          • "What is it Like to be an Addict?."
          • manual
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          • Addiction and Responsibility.
          • Ed. G Graham and G Poland.
          • MIT Press,
          • (2010)
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          • O Flanagan.
          • ""Can do" attitudes: Some positive illusions are not misbeliefs."
          • BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES
          • 32
          • .6
          • (2009)
          • :
          • 519-+.
          • [web]
          Publication Description

          Comment on McKay & Dennett

          • O Flanagan.
          • "The Literate Ape."
          • New Scientist
          • (2009)
          • .
          • [web]
          • O Flanagan.
          • "The Ego Tunnel."
          • New Scientist
          • (2009)
          • .
          • [web]
          • O Flanagan.
          • "One Enchanted Being: Neuroexistentialism & Meaning."
          • Zygon: journal of religion and science
          • 44
          • .1
          • Wiley,
          • (March, 2009)
          • :
          • 41-49.
          • [web]
          • O Flanagan.
          • "Moral Science? Still Metaphysical After All These Years."
          • manual
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          • Moral Personality, Identity and Character: Explorations in Moral Psychology.
          • Ed. D Narvaez and DK Lapsley.
          • Cambridge University Press,
          • (2009)
          • :
          • 52-78.
          • [web]
          • O Flanagan.
          • "“Buddhist Persons & Eudaimonia Buddha”."
          • manual
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          • Routledge Companion to Philosophical Psychology.
          • Ed. J Symons.
          • (2009)
          • .
          • [web]
          • O Flanagan.
          • "Five Questions."
          • manual
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          • Mind & Consciousness.
          • Ed. P Grim.
          • VIP Press,
          • (2009)
          • .
          • O Flanagan.
          • "Neuro-Eudaimonics, or Buddhists Lead Neuroscientists to the Seat of Happiness."
          • manual
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          • Oxford Handbook on Philosophy and Neuroscience.
          • Ed. J Bickle.
          • (2009)
          • .
          • [web]
          • O Flanagan.
          • "The Structures of Meaningful Life Stories."
          • Argentinian Journal of Philosophy and Psychology
          • (2009)
          • .
          • O Flanagan.
          • "The Neural Pathway to the White House."
          • The New Scientist
          • (July, 2008)
          • .
          • [web]
          • O Flanagan.
          • "Where is the Happiness."
          • manual
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          • Oxford Companion to Philosophy and Neuroscience.
          • Oxford University Press (OUP),
          • (2008)
          • .
          • O Flanagan.
          • "Moral Contagion and Logical Persuasion in the Mozi."
          • Journal of Chinese Philosophy
          • (2008)
          • :
          • 473-491.
          • O Flanagan, H Sarkissian and D Wong.
          • ""What is the Nature of Morality? A Response to Casebeer, Railton, and Ruse"."
          • manual
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          • *Moral Psychology: The Evolution of Morality*.
          • Ed. W Sinnott-Armstrong.
          • 1
          • MIT Press,
          • (2007)
          • :
          • 45-52.
          • O Flanagan, H Sarkissian and D Wong.
          • "Naturalizing Ethics."
          • manual
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          • *Moral Psychology: The Evolution of Morality*.
          • Ed. W Sinnott-Armstrong.
          • 1
          • MIT Press,
          • (2007)
          • :
          • 1-26.
          • O. Flanagan.
          • "“The Bodhisattva’s Brain: Neuroscience and Happiness” in."
          • The Buddha’s Way: The Confluence of Buddhist Thought and Applied Psychological Research in the Post-Modern Age: Routledge: Cruzon, London, In Press: Editors, D. K. Nauriyal, Michael Drummond, Y. B. Lal: Forward: His Holiness, XIV Dalai Lama.
          • Fall, 2006.
          • O Flanagan.
          • "Varieties of Naturalism."
          • manual
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          • Oxford Companion to Religion and Science.
          • OUP,
          • (Winter, 2006)
          • .
          • O Flanagan.
          • "The Bodhisattva’s Brain: Neuroscience and Happiness."
          • manual
          • .
          • The Buddha’s Way: The Confluence of Buddhist Thought and Applied Psychological Research in the Post-Modern Age.
          • Ed. DK Nauriyal and YB Drummond.
          • Routledge,
          • (2006)
          • .
          • R Fader, O Flanagan and et. al..
          • "Moral Issues of Human-Non-Human Primate Neural Grafting."
          • Science
          • 309
          • .5733
          • (2005-2006)
          • :
          • 385-386.
          • O Flanagan.
          • "Emotional Expressions: Why Moralists Scowl, Frown, and Smile."
          • manual
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          • The Cambridge Companion to Darwin.
          • Ed. G Radick and J Hodges.
          • Cambridge University Press,
          • (2003)
          • .
          • O Flanagan.
          • "The Neurobiology of Sexual Self-Consciousness: Mind and the Interplay of Brain and Body."
          • manual
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          • Narrative and Consciousness: Literature, Psychology, and the Brain..
          • Ed. G Fireman and T McVay and O Flanagan.
          • Oxford University Press,
          • (Spring, 2003)
          • .
          Publication Description

          Chapter on Narrative Self-Construction by individuals w/non-standard sexual identities.

          • O Flanagan.
          • "Emotional Expressions."
          • manual
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          • The Cambridge Companion to Darwin.
          • Ed. Radick and Hodge.
          • Cambridge University Press,
          • (Spring 2003)
          • .
          • T Polger and O Flanagan.
          • "Natural Questions to Natural Answers."
          • manual
          • Biology Meets Psychology: Constraints, Connections, Conjectures.
          • 5
          • MIT Press,
          • (2001)
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          • T Polger and O Flanagan.
          • "Is Consciousness an Adaptation?."
          • manual
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          • Evolving Consciousness.
          • Ed. G Mulhauser.
          • Johns Benjamin, Amsterdam,
          • (2001)
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          • VG Hardcastle and O Flanagan.
          • "Multiplex vs. multiples selves: Distinguishing dissociative disorders."
          • MONIST
          • 82
          • .4
          • (1999)
          • :
          • 645-657.
          • [web]
          • O Flanagan.
          • "Moral Confidence: Three Cheers for Naturalistic Ethics."
          • manual
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          • In The Face of Facts: Moral Inquiry in American Scholarship.
          • Ed. Westbrook and Bethe-Elstain and Fox.
          • Cambridge University Press,
          • (1997)
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          • O Flanagan and G Guzeldere.
          • "Consciousness: A Philosophical Tour."
          • manual
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          • Consciousness, Cognition, and Computation.
          • Ed. E Rolls.
          • Oxford University Press,
          • (1997)
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          • O Flanagan.
          • "How to Study Consciousness Empirically: The Case of Dreams."
          • manual
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          • Consciousness, Cognition, and Computation.
          • Ed. E Rolls.
          • Oxford University Press,
          • (1997)
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          • O Flanagan.
          • "Consciousness as a Pragmatist Views It."
          • manual
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          • The Cambridge Companion to William James.
          • Ed. RA Putnam.
          • Cambridge University Press,
          • (1997)
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          • O Flanagan and D Dryden.
          • "Consciousness and the Mind."
          • manual
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          • Invitation to Cognitive Science.
          • Ed. S Sternberg.
          • MIT Press,
          • (1997)
          • .
          • O Flanagan.
          • "Ethics Naturalized: Ethics and Human Ecology."
          • manual
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          • Mind and Morals.
          • Ed. May and Clark and Friedman.
          • MIT Press,
          • (1996)
          • .
          • O Flanagan.
          • "Moral Network."
          • manual
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          • The Churchlands and Their Critics.
          • Ed. R McCauley.
          • Basil Blackwell,
          • (1996)
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          • O Flanagan and T Polger.
          • "Zombies and the Function of Consciousness."
          • The Journal of Consciousness Studies
          • 2
          • .4
          • (1996)
          • .
          • O Flanagan.
          • "Prospects For A Unified Theory of Consciousness or, What Dreams are Made Of."
          • manual
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          • Scientific Approaches to the Question of Consciousness: 25th Carnegie Symposium on Cognition.
          • Ed. J Cohen and J Schooler.
          • Erlbaum,
          • (1996)
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          • O Flanagan.
          • "Consciousness and the natural method.."
          • Neuropsychologia
          • 33
          • .9
          • (1995)
          • :
          • 1103-1115.
          • [web]
          Publication Description

          'Consciousness' is a superordinate term for a heterogeneous array of mental state types. The types share the property of 'being experienced' or 'being experiences'--'of there being something that it is like for the subject to be in one of these states.' I propose that we can only build a theory of consciousness by deploying 'the natural method' of coordinating all relevant informational resources at once, especially phenomenology, cognitive science, neuroscience and evolutionary biology. I'll provide two examples of the natural method in action in mental domains where an adaptationist evolutionary account seems plausible: (i) visual awareness and (ii) conscious event memory. Then I will discuss a case, (iii), dreaming, where I think no adaptationist evolutionary account exists. Beyond whatever interest the particular cases have, the examination will show why I think that a theory of mind, and the role conscious mentation plays in it, will need to be built domain-by-domain with no a priori expectation that there will be a unified account of the causal role or evolutionary history of different domains and competences.

          • O FLANAGAN.
          • "DECONSTRUCTING DREAMS - THE SPANDRELS OF SLEEP."
          • JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY
          • 92
          • .1
          • (January, 1995)
          • :
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