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


Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Department of Philosophy

Emory University
561 S. Kilgo Circle

Atlanta, GA 30322

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  • PhD, Vanderbilt University, 1995


  • 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 an extended study of art's pragmatics, a long essay on the nature and importance of friendship, and further inquiries into sense of self and its fate in schizophrenia.

Book Covers

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