Christopher Fynsk (born August 30, 1952) is an American philosopher. He is Head of the School of Language and Literature at the University of Aberdeen, Director of the Centre for Modern Thought and Professor at European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. He is well known for his work relating the political and literary aspects of continental philosophy. Fynsk's work is closely involved with that of Martin Heidegger, Maurice Blanchot, Emmanuel Levinas, Walter Benjamin and several contemporary artists, including Francis Bacon and Salvatore Puglia.
Fynsk received his doctorate from the Department of Romance Studies at Johns Hopkins University in 1981, following a Diplôme d’Etudes Avancées in Philosophy from the University of Strasbourg. His supervisor at Johns Hopkins was René Girard, while at Strasbourg he worked with Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe and Jean-Luc Nancy. Fynsk taught at the latter university from 1985 to 1987, and at Binghamton University from 1981 to 2004. Since 2003 he teaches at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. In 2004 he moved to the University of Aberdeen to join the faculty of the School of Language and Literature, and form the Centre for Modern Thought.
- Last Steps: Maurice Blanchot's Exilic Writing (New York: Fordham University Press, 2013 forthcoming).
- The Claim of Language: A Case for the Humanities (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2004).
- Infant Figures: The Death of the Infans and Other Scenes of Origin (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2000).
- Language and Relation: …that there is language (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1996).
- Heidegger: Thought and Historicity (Ithaca & London: Cornell University Press, 1986; 2nd edn., 1993).