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John LysakerWilliam R. Kenan Professor of PhilosophyOn Leave Fall 2023


PhD, Vanderbilt University, 1995

Current Work

Current research projects include the nature of friendship, a theory of artworks, the nature of schizophrenia and the role of self-experience therein, Cavell and music, and negative capability and clinical aptitude.


Ethics, philosophical psychology, the philosophy of art, and 19th & 20th century continental and American philosophy


Author of

  • Hope, Trust, and Forgiveness: Essays in Finitude (Chicago, 2023)
  • 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
  • European Journal of American Studies