John Lysaker

William R. Kenan Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair

Department of Philosophy

Office: Bowden Hall 215

Phone: 404.727.4199

Fax: 404.712.9425

Email: jlysake@emory.edu

Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Department of Philosophy

Emory University
561 S. Kilgo Circle

Atlanta, GA 30322

Additional Websites

Education

  • PhD, Vanderbilt University, 1995

Research

  • philosophical psychology, aesthetics, social & political philosophy, and 19th & 20th century continental and American philosophy

Selected Publications

  • Author of
    • Philosophy, Writing, and the Character of Thought
    • Brian Eno's Ambient 1: Music for Airports
    • After Emerson (Indiana, 2017)
    • Emerson and Self-Culture (Indiana, 2008)
    • You Must Change Your Life: Poetry and the Birth of Sense (Penn State, 2002)
  • Co-author of Schizophrenia and the Fate of the Self (Oxford, 2008)
  • Co-editor of Emerson and Thoreau: Figures of Friendship (Indiana, 2010)
  • Articles, chapters, and reviews published in
    • Schizophrenia Bulletin
    • The Georgia Review
    • Research in Phenomenology
    • The Journal of Speculative Philosophy
    • TriQuarterly
    • New German Critique
    • Philosophy and Social Criticism

Current Work

  • Current work involves two books. One concerns the nature of friendship entitled The Unqualified Good, while the other, Virtues for a Fragile Life: Hope, Trust, and Forgiveness explores character traits that help human being work through their own ethical failures and limits. Further inquiries into sense of self and its fate in schizophrenia are also ongoing, as are shorter pieces on the nature of art and is import for life. 

Book Covers

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