Owen Flanagan (Ph.D. 1978, Boston University) came to Duke as Chair of department in 1993, a post he held until 2000. Since then he has returned to teaching and research full time. He also holds appointments in Psychology and Neurobiology and is a Faculty Fellow in Cognitive Neuroscience.
He was previously Class of 1919 Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Wellesley College.
During the 1985-86 academic year, he was a visiting member of the Department of Philosophy at Duke University.
He has also had visiting positions at Brandeis, Princeton, Harvard, and La Trobe in Australia as well as several fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
In 1993-94 Flanagan was President of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology.
In 1998, he was recipient of the Romanell National Phi Beta Kappa award, given annually to one American philosopher for distinguished contributions to philosophy and the public understanding of philosophy.
In 1999, he was invited by the Mind and Life Institute to attend a small conference in Darhamsala, India with the Dalai Lama on the topic of "Destructive Emotions." A book on the meetings, Beyond Destructive Emotions: A Scientific Collaboration With the Dalai Lama narrated by Daniel Goleman, appeared in 2003.
Besides writing many articles, reviews, and contributions to colloquia, Flanagan has written or edited the following books:
He was awarded a Fulbright Research Award in 2001-2002 to study Buddhist and Hindu conceptions of the self. In 2006 he gave the Templeton research Lectures at USC in Los Angeles on *Human Flourishing in the Age of Mind Science.*