Owen Flanagan was born and raised in Westchester County New York. He received his Ph.D. in 1978 from Boston University. He taught for sixteen years (1978-1993) at Wellesley College as Class of 1919 Professor of Philosophy. In 1993 he came to Duke where he is James B. Duke University Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of the Center for Comparative Philosophy. He also holds appointments in Psychology and Neuroscience, 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.
His work is in Philosophy of Mind and Psychiatry, Ethics, Moral Psychology, Cross-Cultural Philosophy
His latest book is *The Geography of Morals: Varieties of Moral Possibility* (pub. October 2016; Oxford 2017)
In 2016-2017 Flanagan is Berggruen Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University CA
In 2015-2016 Flanagan was Rockefeller Fellow at the National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park NC
In February 2014 he gave the 77th Aquinas Lecture at Marquette University.
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 2012 he was the Indian Council for Philosophical Research (ICPR) Annual Distinguished Lecturer on *Comparative Philosophy, Virtue, and Well-Being*
In 2006 he gave the Templeton research Lectures at USC in Los Angeles on *Human Flourishing in the Age of Mind Science.*
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.
In 1993-94 Flanagan was President of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology.
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)
- 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 200
- The Bodhisattva's Brain: Buddhism Naturalized* (October, 2011), MIT PRESS.
Caruso, G., and O. Flanagan. Neuroexistentialism: Meaning, morals, and purpose in the age of neuroscience, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190460723.001.0001. Full Text
Flanagan, O. Moral Sprouts and Natural Teleology: 21st century Moral Psychology Meets Classical Chinese Philosophy. Marquette University Press, 2014.
Fireman, G. D., T. E. McVay, and O. J. Flanagan. Narrative and Consciousness: Literature, Psychology and the Brain, 2012. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195140057.001.0001. Full Text
Flanagan, O. The Bodhisattva’s Brain: Buddhism Naturalized. MIT Press, 2011.
Flanagan, O. The Really Hard Problem: Meaning in a Material World. MIT Press, 2007.
Flanagan, O. Almas Que Suenan. Oceano, 2003.
Flanagan, O. The Problem of the Soul: Two Visions of Mind and How to Reconcile Them. Basic Books, 2003.
Flanagan, O. Dreaming Souls. Oxford University Press, 1999.
Flanagan, O., and W. Zhao. “The self and its good vary cross-culturally: A dozen self-variations and Chinese familial selves.” In Self, Culture and Consciousness: Interdisciplinary Convergences on Knowing and Being, 287–301, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-5777-9_17. Full Text
Flanagan, O., and G. Caruso. “Neuroexistentialism: Third-wave existentialism.” In Neuroexistentialism: Meaning, Morals, and Purpose in the Age of Neuroscience, 1–22, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190460723.003.0001. Full Text
Gyal, P., and O. Flanagan. “The role of pain in buddhism: The conquest of suffering.” In The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Pain, 288–96, 2017. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315742205. Full Text
Flanagan, O. “Negative dialectics in comparative philosophy: The case of Buddhist free will quietism.” In Buddhist Perspectives on Free Will: Agentless Agency?, 59–71, 2016. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315668765. Full Text
Flanagan, O., and H. Wallace. “William James and the problem of consciousness.” In Consciousness and the Great Philosophers: What Would They Have Said about Our Mind-Body Problem?, 152–61, 2016. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315678023. Full Text
Flanagan, O. “PERFORMING ONESELF.” In Philosophy of Creativity, edited by E. Samuels and S. B. Kaufmann. Oxford University Press, 2014.
Flanagan, O. “Phenomenal Authority: The Epistemic Authority of Alcoholics Anonymous.” In The Nature of Addiction, edited by N. Levy. Oxford University Press, 2014.
Flanagan, O., and Jing Hu. “Han Fei Zi’s Philosophical Psychology: Human Nature, Scarcity, and the Neo-Darwinian Consensus.” In The State of Nature in Comparative Political Thought: Western and Non-Western Perspectives, edited by Jon D. Carlson and Russelle Arben Fox. Lexington Books, 2014.
Tononi, G., and O. Flanagan. “Philosophy and Science Dialogue: Consciousness.” Frontiers of Philosophy in China 13, no. 3 (January 1, 2018): 332–48. https://doi.org/10.3868/s030-007-018-0026-1. Full Text
Flanagan, O. “Does yoga induce metaphysical hallucinations? Interdisciplinarity at the edge: Comments on Evan Thompson's waking, dreaming, being.” Philosophy East and West 66, no. 3 (July 1, 2016): 952–58. https://doi.org/10.1353/pew.2016.0074. Full Text
Flanagan, O. “Buddhism and the scientific image: Reply to critics.” Zygon 49, no. 1 (March 1, 2014): 242–58. https://doi.org/10.1111/zygo.12080. Full Text
Flanagan, O. “Buddhism and The Scientific Image.” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, 2013.
Flanagan, O., and S. Geisz. “Confucian Moral Sources.” Edited by Brian Burya, 2013.
Flanagan Jr, O., and Tim Lane. “Neuroexistentialism, Eudaimonics, and Positive Illusions.” Synthese Philosophy Library: Studies in Epistemology, Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science, 2013.
Jr, O Flanagan. “The View From the East Pole: Buddhist and Confucian Tolerance.” Edited by S. Clarke and R. Powell, 2013.
Flanagan, O. “The social epistemological normalization of contestable narratives: Stories of just deserts,” January 1, 2013, 358–75.