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Thomas R. FlynnSamuel Candler Dobbs Professor Emeritus


PhD, Columbia University, 1970


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

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)

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)