Dr. Owen Flanagan, James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Neurobiology at Duke University, will speak at the University of Central Arkansas at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 24, at the College of Business auditorium.
His lecture, "Human Flourishing: Ideas from Brain Science and Comparative Philosophy," is free and open to the public.
Flanagan is one of the most active and influential philosophers working today. He has published eight books and over 70 articles on a range of topics including philosophy of mind, moral psychology, ethics and comparative philosophy. Notable works include "Varieties of Moral Personality" (Harvard University Press, 1991), "Consciousness Reconsidered" (MIT Press 1992), "Dreaming Souls: Sleep, Dreams, and the Evolution of the Conscious Mind" (Oxford University Press 1999), and "The Really Hard Problem: Meaning in a Material World" (MIT Press 2007).
His most recent book, "The Bodhisattva’s Brain: Buddhism Naturalized" (MIT Press 2011), has been described in the Times Literary Supplement as "a milestone of cosmopolitan thought and should be read widely by philosophers, cognitive scientists, theologians and anyone concerned with human flourishing and the meaning of life."
"Flanagan represents the best of what contemporary philosophy has to offer — bridging the perennial concerns of human life with a naturalized scientific worldview through clear and engaging analysis," said Jesse Butler, an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion.
The lecture is sponsored by the Norbert and Carol Schedler Endowment, the Department of Philosophy and Religion, the Honors College, the Department of Psychology and the College of Liberal Arts at UCA.