Thomas R. Flynn

Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor Emeritus

Department of Philosophy

Phone: 404.727.4316

Fax: 404.712.9425


Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Department of Philosophy

Emory University
561 S. Kilgo Circle

Atlanta, GA 30322


  • PhD, Columbia University, 1970


  • Contemporary continental (especially French) philosophy, aesthetics, social and political philosophy, and the theory of responsibility.

Selected Publications

  • Sartre and Marxist Existentialism: The Test Case of Collective Responsibility (Chicago, 1986)
  • Sartre, Foucault, and Historical Reason
  • (Vol. 1): Toward an Existentialist Theory of History (Chicago, 1997)
  • (Vol. 2):A Post-structuralist Mapping of History (Chicago, 2005)
  • Sartre: A Philosophical Biography (Cambridge, 2014)

Fellowships and Honors

  • Review Editor of the international philosophical quarterly, Man and World (1978-97)
  • A.C.L.S. Senior Research Fellow (1984-85)
  • Mellon Fellow
  • National Humanities Center (1991-92)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow
  • Institute for Advanced Study (1998-99)

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