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Dr. Lysaker was interviewed by Andrew Scott Hines on October 5th, 2012
John Lysaker is currently Professor of Philosophy at Emory University. From 1996 to 2009 he taught Philosophy and Comparative Literature at the University of Oregon. Raised in NJ, he attended Kenyon College and did his graduate work at Vanderbilt University. His work concerns the nature of the self, with a particular eye on the conditions under which humans do and do not flourish. This has led him to consider the importance of poetry for life, the nature of mental illness, schizophrenia in particular, the importance of friendship for human growth and happiness, and the ways in which various institutions (e.g. government, markets, professions) enable or undermine human well-being. Dr. Lysaker is the author of You Must Change Your Life and more recently his work on Emerson and Self-Culture. He has also co-authored a book with Psychologist Paul Lysaker entitled, Schizophrenia and the Fate of the Self.