Owen Flanagan, PhD

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Owen Flanagan, PhD, is the James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy and professor of neurobiology at Duke University. He has done work in philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of social science, ethics, contemporary ethical theory, and moral psychology, as well as on Buddhist and Hindu conceptions of the self. Flanagan has proposed the twin normative failure model of addiction.

Flanagan received a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University, followed by a PhD from Boston University. He was a professor at Wellesley College in Massachusetts for many years before his current position at Duke University.

In 1998, Dr. Flanagan was the 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. He has lectured on every continent except Antarctica and enjoys writing articles, reviews, and contributing to colloquia. Dr. Flanagan has written and edited many books. Recent articles on addiction include Identity and Addiction: “What Alcoholic Memoirs Teach,” in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry (2013), “The Shame of Addiction,” in Frontiers in Psychiatry (2013), and “Phenomenal Authority: The Epistemic Authority of Alcoholics Anonymous,” in The Nature of Addiction (2014).