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


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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, ethics, and 19th & 20th century continental and American philosophy

Selected Publications

  • Author of
    • Philosophy, Writing, and the Character of Thought (Chicago, 2018)
    • Brian Eno's Ambient 1: Music for Airports (Oxford, 2018)
    • 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)
  • Recent articles have appeared in:
    • BMC Psychiatry
    • Frontiers in Psychology
    • Journal of Speculative Philosophy
    • nonSITE
    • Philosophy and Literature
    • Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology

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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