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Philosophy Department faculty, August 26, 2016. Not pictured: David Agler, Kathryn Gines, and Paul Taylor.

Joseph C Flay

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy



  1. B.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1960
  2. Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1965

Areas of Specialization

  • I have concentrated on the philosophy of Hegel for many years. But this has led me to general themes of metaphysics and to questions concerning post-Hegelian philosophy.

Recent Publications

  • "Absolute Knowing and the Absolute Other", 1999
  • "Rupture, Closure, and Dialectic", 1997
  • "Cleaning Up the Litter", 1996
  • "The Irony of Dialectic and the Dialectic of Irony", 1994
  • "Hegel's Metaphysics", 1993
  • "Hegel, Heidegger, and Derrida: Retrieval as Reconstruction, Destruction, and Deconstruction", 1992

Current Projects

  • Essays on time
  • A sketch of a radical naturalism