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Sean Dorrance Kelly

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Sean Dorrance Kelly
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Sean Dorrance Kelly is an American philosopher, currently the Teresa G. and Ferdinand F. Martignetti Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University, where he also serves as Faculty Dean of Dunster House.[1] He is an expert on phenomenology and philosophy of mind.

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A graduate of Brown University, he received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1998, and was an assistant professor of philosophy at Princeton University from 1999 until 2006, when he moved to Harvard. He is known for his expertise on various aspects of the philosophical, phenomenological, and cognitive neuroscientific nature of human experience.[2][3] He is featured in Tao Ruspoli's film Being in the World.

Kelly was appointed as the next Harvard College Dean of Arts and Humanities in April 2024, and will begin acting in July. [4]


  • The Relevance of Phenomenology to the Philosophy of Language and Mind (Studies in Philosophy), Sean D. Kelly, Routledge, 2000
  • All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age, Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Dorrance Kelly, Free Press, 2011


  • Chapter 6. Edmund Husserl and Phenomenology Solomon, Robert C., ed. (2007). The Blackwell Guide to Continental Philosophy. David L. Sherman. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-1-4051-4304-2. OCLC 437147422.

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