Bio & CV

Sean Dorrance Kelly is the Teresa G. and Ferdinand F. Martignetti Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University, where he is also Harvard College Professor and the Faculty Dean of Dunster House. He served as Chair of the Harvard Philosophy Department from 2009-2015 and as co-Chair of the Standing Committee on Mind, Brain, and Behavior from 2009-2012. He is an Affiliate of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature and an Associate of the Center for European Studies. In 2015-16, Prof. Kelly chaired the Faculty Committee that reviewed and re-wrote the General Education program at the College, a topic of longstanding interest. Before arriving at Harvard in 2006, Kelly taught at Stanford (AY 1998-99) and Princeton (1999-2006), and he was a Visiting Professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris (Fall 2004). He has published articles in numerous journals and anthologies and has received fellowships or awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEH, the NSF and the James S. McDonnell Foundation, among others.  His last book, All Things Shining: Reading the Western Canon to Find Meaning in Our Secular Age (2011), jointly written with Hubert Dreyfus, was a New York Times bestseller. He is currently working on a book for Harvard University Press entitled The Proper Dignity of Human Being. An early discussion of some of the themes in the book can be found in this post, and in several prior to it starting here, at the website All Things Shining, where Prof. Kelly has blogged occasionally for over a decade.


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