Molly Brigid Flynn
Assistant Professor of Philosophy (2006)
Department of Philosophy
B.A. Mount Saint Mary’s College
Ph.D., The Catholic University of America, 2007.
Dissertation: “The Intentional Structure of Cultural Objects in the Philosophy of John Searle and the Phenomenology of Edmund Husserl.”
Sample of Courses and Programs Taught:
20th Century Continental Philosophy
“The Idea of a Liberal Arts College” (Junior Seminar in Honors Program)
Philosophy of Nature
Philosophy and Film
“Moral Measures, Political Orders” (Philosophy-Political Science Linkage in First-Year Program)
“Know Thyself: Biology, Nature, and the Person” (Philosophy-Biology Linkage in First-Year Program)
Sample of Publications:
Articles and Book Chapters
“The Living Body as the Origin of Culture: What the Shift in Husserl’s Notion of ‘Expression’ Tells Us about Cultural Objects,” Husserl Studies 25, vol. 1 (April 2009): pp. 57–79.
“Self-Responsibility, Tradition, and the Apparent Good,” Studia Phænomenologica XI (2011), 55-76.
“The Agent of Truth: A Reflection on Robert Sokolowski’s Phenomenology of the Human Person,” (review essay) The New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy XI (2011).
“A Realer Institutional Reality: Deepening Searle’s (De)Ontology of Civilization,” The International Journal of Philosophical Studies 20, no. 1 (Spring 2012): 43-67.
“The Cultural Community: An Husserlian Approach and Reproach,” Husserl Studies. Forthcoming.
“A Reflection on Edmund Husserl: Ideology, Teaching, and the Recovery of Reason.” In Teaching Political Philosophy: Studies in Thinking in Action. John von Heyking and Lee Trepanier (Eds.). Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books. Forthcoming.
“Epoché” in The New Catholic Encyclopedia. (In the editorial process.)
“Social Construction” in The New Catholic Encyclopedia. (In the editorial process.)
Contributions to Selected Proceedings
“Aristotle (versus Kant) on Autonomy and Moral Maturity.” In Who Are We? Old, New, and Timeless Answers from Core Texts. University Press of America, 2011.
“Liberal Education: Transmitting Knowledge through Texts.” In Memory, Invention, and Delivery: Transmitting and Transforming Knowledge and Culture in Liberal Arts Education for the Future. University Press of America. Forthcoming.
“Economics as a Force of Nature in Aristotle’s Politics: An Antireductionist View.” In Engaging Worlds: Core Texts and Cultural Contexts. University Press of America. (In the editorial process.)
Review of John R. Searle, Making the Social World: The Structure of Human Civilization. In Review of Metaphysics: a philosophic quarterly 53, no. 4 (June 2010).
Review of Andreas Kinneging, The Geography of Good and Evil: Philosophical Investigations. In Society, Spring 2011.
“Pessimism is Hope.” Review of Roger Scruton, The Uses of Pessimism and the Danger of False Hope. In The Intercollegiate Review, Spring 2011.