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Flanagan, Owen J.

Works: 42 works in 350 publications in 4 languages and 21,170 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Contributor, Other, Creator
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Most widely held works about Owen J Flanagan
Most widely held works by Owen J Flanagan
Self expressions : mind, morals, and the meaning of life by Owen J Flanagan( )

29 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 2,659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Flanagan covers a host of topics of concern to every thoughtful person living in today's world. These discussions include whether the conscious mind can be explained scientifically, whether dreams are self-expressive or just noise, the moral socialization of children, and the nature of psychological phenomena such as multiple personality disorder and false memory syndrome. What emerges from these explorations is a liberating vision which can make sense of the self, agency, character transformation, and the value and worth of human life. Flanagan concludes that nothing about a scientific view of people must lead to nihilism
Dreaming souls : sleep, dreams, and the evolution of the conscious mind by Owen J Flanagan( )

23 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 2,649 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An accessible survey of the latest research on sleep and dreams and a compelling new theory about the nature and function of dreaming."--Jacket
Identity, character, and morality : essays in moral psychology by Owen J Flanagan( )

30 editions published between 1990 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many philosophers believe that normative ethics is in principle independent of psychology. By contrast, the authors of these essays explore the interconnections between psychology and moral theory. They investigate the psychological constraints on realizable ethical ideals and articulate the psychological assumptions behind traditional ethics. They also examine the ways in which the basic architecture of the mind, core emotions, patterns of individual development, social psychology, and the limits on human capacities for rational deliberation affect morality
Varieties of moral personality : ethics and psychological realism by Owen J Flanagan( )

29 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in English and French and held by 2,146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Owen Flanagan argues in this book for a more psychologically realistic ethical reflection and spells out the ways in which psychology can enrich moral philosophy. Beginning with a discussion of such "moral saints" as Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Oskar Shindler, Flanagan charts a middle course between an ethics that is too realistic and socially parochial and one that is too idealistic, giving no weight to our natures
The really hard problem : meaning in a material world by Owen J Flanagan( )

19 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,062 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"If consciousness is "the hard problem" in mind science - explaining how the amazing private world of consciousness emerges from neuronal activity - then "the really hard problem," Owen Flanagan wrties in this book, is explaining how meaning is possible in the material world. How can we make sense of the magic and mystery of life naturalistically, without an appeal to the supernatural? How do we say truthful and enchanting things about being human if we accept the fact that we are finite material beings living in a material world, or, in Flanagan's words, short-lived pieces of organized muscle and tissue?" "Flanagan's answer is both naturalistic and enchanting. We all wish to live in meaningful way, to live a life that really matters, to flourish, to achieve eudaimonia - to be a "happy spirit." Flanagan calls his "empirical-normative" inquiry into the nature, causes, and conditions of human flourishing eudaimonics. Eudaimonics, systematic philosophical investigation that is continuous with science, is the naturalist's response to those who say that science has robbed the world of the meaning that fantastical, wishful stories once provided." "Flanagan draws on philosophy, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and psychology, as well as on transformative mindfulness and self-cultivation practices that come from such nontheistic spiritual traditions as Buddhism, Confucianism, Aristotelianism, and Stoicim. He gathers from these disciplines knowledge that will help us to understand the nature, the causes, and the constituents of well-being and to advance human flourishing. Eudaimonics can help us find out how to make a difference, how to contribute to the accumulation of good effects - how to live a meaningful life."--Jacket
The Bodhisattva's brain : Buddhism naturalized by Owen J Flanagan( )

18 editions published between 1900 and 2013 in English and held by 1,907 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interested in "whether there is a useful and truthful philosophy in Buddhism, among the Buddhisms that is compatible with the rest of knowledge as it now exists and specifically ... whether Buddhism can be ... made compatible with a philosophy that is empirically responsible and that does not embrace the low epistemic standards that permit all manner of superstition and nonsense, sometimes moral evil as well ..." (p. xiii)
The science of the mind by Owen J Flanagan( )

54 editions published between 1984 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,667 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Consciousness emerges as the key topic in this second edition of Owen Flanagan's popular introduction to cognitive science and the philosophy of psychology. in a new chapter Flanagan develops a neurophilosophical theory of subjective mental life. He brings recent developments in the theory of neuronal group selection and connectionism to bear on the problems of the evolution of consciousness, qualia, the unique first-personal aspects of consciousness, the causal role of consciousness, and the function and development of the sense of personal identity. He has also substantially revised the chapter on cognitive psychology and artificial intelligence to incorporate recent discussions of connectionism and parallel distributed processing
Consciousness reconsidered by Owen J Flanagan( Book )

27 editions published between 1992 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Consciousness is neither miraculous nor ultimately mysterious. In this broad, entertaining, and persuasive account Owen Flanagan argues that we are on the way to understanding consciousness and its place in the natural order. No aspect of consciousness escapes Flanagan's probe. Qualia, self-consciousness, autobiographical memory, perceptions, sensations, the stream of consciousness, disorders such as blindsight, various kinds of amnesia, and multiple personality all find a place in a constructive theory that brings into reflective equilibrium insights from a wide array of disciplines to reveal the deep, rich, and complex hidden structure of consciousness.Flanagan roams freely through a variety of scientific and philosophical domains, showing how it is possible to understand human consciousness in a way that gives its subjective, phenomenal aspects their full due while at the same time taking into account the neural bases of subjectivity. The result is a powerful synthetic theory of consciousness, a "constructive naturalism," according to which subjective consciousness is real, plays an important causal role, and resides in the brain.Flanagan draws the reader into a world of exciting current debates among such philosophers as Thomas Nagel, Daniel Dennett, Paul Churchland, Patricia Churchland, and Colin McGinn, and he makes this world accessible. He masterfully weaves the latest insights from theory and research in cognitive neuroscience, neural darwinism, connectionist brain architecture, and PET scanners to reveal clear links between events that "seem a certain way" and underlying neural activity. William James's famous phenomenological analysis of consciousness and neurologically impaired characters from the writings of Oliver Sacks and A.R. Luria join the narrative, providing valuable insights into important current controversies on the relation of consciousness to self
The science of the mind by Owen J Flanagan( Book )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 876 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lucid introduction to the philosophical assumptions and implications of several major psychological theroies. It critically analyzes the theories of such major figures as Descartes, William James, Freud, Skinner, Piaget, and Kohlberg, as well as significant contemporary movements such as cognitive psychology, aritifical intelligence, and sociobiology
The problem of the soul : two visions of mind and how to reconcile them by Owen J Flanagan( Book )

13 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 729 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Science has always created problems for traditional ways of seeing things, but now the problem has become acute. Traditional humanistic ideas about the basic nature of humanity are under attack as never before. The very attributes that make us human - free will, the permanence of personal identity, the existence of the soul - are undermined and threatened by the current revolution in the science of the mind. If the mind is the brain, and therefore a physical object subject to deterministic laws, how can we have free will? If most of our thoughts and impulses are unconscious, how can we be morally responsible for what we do? If brains and bodies are constantly undergoing change, how can our identities be constant?" "The Problem of the Soul shows the way out of these seemingly intractable paradoxes. Framing the conflict in terms of two dominant visions of the mind - the "manifest image" of humanistic philosophy and theology, and the scientific image - renowned philosopher Owen Flanagan demonstrates that there is, in fact, common ground, and that we need not give up our ideas of moral responsibility and personal freedom in order to have an empirically sound view of the human mind. With implications ranging from the stem-cell debate and the teaching of evolution to everyday life, this is a profoundly relevant work of philosophy for the common reader."--Jacket
The nature of consciousness : philosophical debates( Book )

18 editions published between 1977 and 2002 in English and held by 694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text is an introduction to consciousness which aims to impose structure on the relating philosophical literature. There are sections covering stream of consciousness, theoretical issues, function of consciousness, subjectivity and the explanatory gap, the knowledge argument and qualia
Moral sprouts and natural teleologies : 21st century moral psychology meets classical Chinese philosophy by Owen J Flanagan( )

8 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 602 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contemporary Western moral philosophy in harmony with classical Chinese philosophy, especially Buddhism
Narrative and consciousness : literature, psychology, and the brain by Gary D Fireman( Book )

20 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The evocation of narrative as a way to understand the content of consciousness has sparked truly interdisciplinary work among psychologists, philosophers and literary critics. The research presented in this volume should appeal to the general reader and researchers enmeshed in these problems
The geography of morals : varieties of moral possibility by Owen J Flanagan( Book )

16 editions published between 2016 and 2019 in English and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"We live in multicultural, cosmopolitan worlds. These worlds are distinctive moral ecologies in which people enact and embody different lived philosophies and conceive of mind, morals, and the meaning of life differently from the typical WEIRD -- Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, Democratic -- person. This is not a predicament; it is an opportunity. Many think that cross cultural understanding is useful for developing a modus vivendi where people from different worlds are not at each other's throats and tolerate each other. Flanagan presses the much more exciting possibility that cross-cultural philosophy provides opportunities for exploring the varieties of moral possibility, learning from other traditions, and for self, social, and political improvement. There are ways of worldmaking in other living traditions -- Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Muslim, Amerindian, and African -- that citizens in Western countries can benefit from. Cross-cultural learning is protection against what Alasdair MacIntyre refers to as being 'imprisoned by one's upbringing.' Flanagan takes up perennial topics of whether there is anything to the idea of a common human nature, psychobiological sources of human morality, the nature of the self, the role of moral excellence in a good human life, and whether and how empirical inquiry into morality can contribute to normative ethics. The Geography of Morals exemplifies how one can respectfully conceive of multiculturalism and global interaction as providing not only opportunities for business and commerce, but also opportunities for socio-moral and political improvement on all sides. This is a book that aims to change how normative ethics and moral psychology are done"--Provided by publisher's website
Neuroexistentialism : meaning, morals, and purpose in the age of neuroscience by Gregg D Caruso( Book )

8 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Existentialisms arise when the foundations of being, such as meaning, morals, and purpose come under assault. In the first-wave of existentialism, writings typified by Kierkegaard, Dostoevsky, and Nietzsche concerned the increasingly apparent inability of religion, and religious tradition, to support a foundation of being. Second-wave existentialism, personified philosophically by Sartre, Camus, and de Beauvoir, developed in response to similar realizations about the overly optimistic Enlightenment vision of reason and the common good. The third-wave of existentialism, a new existentialism, developed in response to advances in the neurosciences that threaten the last vestiges of an immaterial soul or self. Given the increasing explanatory and therapeutic power of neuroscience, the mind no longer stands apart from the world to serve as a foundation of meaning. This produces foundational anxiety. In Neuroexistentialism, a group of contributors that includes some of the world's leading philosophers, neuroscientists, cognitive scientists, and legal scholars, explores the anxiety caused by third-wave existentialism and possible responses to it. Together, these essays tackle our neuroexistentialist predicament, and explore what the mind sciences can tell us about morality, love, emotion, autonomy, consciousness, selfhood, free will, moral responsibility, law, the nature of criminal punishment, meaning in life, and purpose."--Publisher's description
Naturalizing epistemic virtue( )

6 editions published between 2014 and 2018 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores virtue epistemology as naturalistic and presents new opportunities for work on epistemic abilities, epistemic virtues and cognitive character
The moral psychology of anger( Book )

3 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Moral Psychology of Anger' is the first comprehensive study of the moral psychology of anger from a philosophical perspective. In light of the recent revival of interest in emotions in philosophy and the current social and political interest in anger, this collection provides an inclusive view of anger from a variety of philosophical perspectives. The authors explore the nature of anger, explain its resilience in our emotional lives and normative frameworks, and examine what inhibits and encourages thoughts, feelings, and expressions of anger. The volume also examines rage, anger's cousin, and examines in what ways rage is a moral emotion, what black rage is and how it is policed in our society; how berserker rage is limited and problematic for the contemporary military; and how defenders of anger respond to classical and contemporary arguments that expressing anger is always destructive and immoral. 0This volume provides arguments for and against the value of anger in our ethical lives and in politics through a combination of empirical psychological and philosophical methods. This authors approach these questions and aims from a historical, phenomenological, empirical, feminist, political, and critical-theoretic perspective
Almas que sueñan : dormir, soñar y la evolución del pensamiento consciente by Owen J Flanagan( )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in Spanish and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anime che sognano : il sonno e l'evoluzione della coscienza by Owen J Flanagan( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in Italian and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Oneness Hypothesis : Beyond the Boundary of Self( )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The idea that the self is inextricably intertwined with the rest of the world—the "oneness hypothesis"—can be found in many of the world’s philosophical and religious traditions. Oneness provides ways to imagine and achieve a more expansive conception of the self as fundamentally connected with other people, creatures, and things. Such views present profound challenges to Western hyperindividualism and its excessive concern with self-interest and tendency toward self-centered behavior.This anthology presents a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary exploration of the nature and implications of the oneness hypothesis. While fundamentally inspired by East and South Asian traditions, in which such a view is often critical to their philosophical approach, this collection also draws upon religious studies, psychology, and Western philosophy, as well as sociology, evolutionary theory, and cognitive neuroscience. Contributors trace the oneness hypothesis through the works of East Asian and Western schools, including Confucianism, Mohism, Daoism, Buddhism, and Platonism and such thinkers as Zhuangzi, Kant, James, and Dewey. They intervene in debates over ethics, cultural difference, identity, group solidarity, and the positive and negative implications of metaphors of organic unity. Challenging dominant views that presume that the proper scope of the mind stops at the boundaries of skin and skull, The Oneness Hypothesis shows that a more relational conception of the self is not only consistent with contemporary science but has the potential to lead to greater happiness and well-being for both individuals and the larger wholes of which they are parts
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Dreaming souls : sleep, dreams, and the evolution of the conscious mind
Dreaming souls : sleep, dreams, and the evolution of the conscious mindIdentity, character, and morality : essays in moral psychologyVarieties of moral personality : ethics and psychological realismThe really hard problem : meaning in a material worldThe Bodhisattva's brain : Buddhism naturalizedThe science of the mindConsciousness reconsideredThe problem of the soul : two visions of mind and how to reconcile them
Alternative Names
Flanagan, O.W.

Flanagan Owen

Flanagan, Owen 1949-

Flanagan, Owen J. 1949- Jr

Flanagan, Owen J. Jr

Flanagan, Owen J. Jr. 1949-

Flanagan, Owen Jr

Flanagan, Owen (Owen J.), 1949-

Owen Flanagan American philosopher

Owen Flanagan Amerikaans filosoof

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أوين فلانغن فيلسوف أمريكي

플래나간, 오웬

플래나간, 오웬 J



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