Behind the blog scenes

In addition to talking with Bert over the last few weeks, I’ve had the good fortune to discuss aspects of the book with a bunch of very talented people. Our discussions have been so fruitful that, with their permission, I hope to be introducing some of them to the conversation here.  These folks include, in alphabetical order, Jordan Ellenberg (arithmetic algebraic geometer by day, hip novelist and “big-time DFW fanboy” by night), Charles Spinosa (former English lit professor and Heidegger scholar who currently makes a much better living than the rest of us as a consultant), and Dmitri Tymoczko (composer, music theorist, and all-round polymath to boot).  I’m grateful to all of them for our discussions, and hope to be able to quote from these discussions over the coming weeks.  With any luck they’ll stop by themselves as well!

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About Sean D. Kelly

Sean Dorrance Kelly is the Teresa G. and Ferdinand F. Martignetti Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. He is also Faculty Dean at Dunster House, one of the twelve undergraduate Houses at Harvard. He served for six years as chair of Harvard's Department of Philosophy. Kelly earned an Sc.B. in Mathematics and Computer Science and an M.S. in Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences from Brown University in 1989. After three years as a Ph.D. student in Logic and Methodology of Science, he received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley in 1998. Before arriving at Harvard in 2006, Kelly taught at Stanford and Princeton, and he was a Visiting Professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. Sean Kelly's work focuses on various aspects of the philosophical, phenomenological, and cognitive neuroscientific nature of human experience. He is a world authority on 20th century European Philosophy, specializing in the work of Martin Heidegger and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. He has also done influential work in philosophy of mind and philosophy of perception. Kelly has published articles in numerous journals and anthologies and he has received fellowships or awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEH, the NSF and the James S. McDonnell Foundation, among others. Fun fact: He appeared on The Colbert Show in 2011 to talk about All Things Shining. Sean Kelly lives at Dunster House with his wife, the Harvard Philosopher Cheryl Kelly Chen, and their two boys, Benjamin and Nathaniel.
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