Rev. Dr. Thomas R. Flynn

Rev. Dr. Thomas R. Flynn

Title: Priest, Philosophy Educator
Company: Emory University
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Rev. Dr. Thomas R. Flynn, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Philosophy at Emory University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in philosophy education.

Originally seeking a career in vocal performance as a roadshow singer, Dr. Flynn found his connection to faith and philosophy, which has been the driving force of his profession since the late 1950s. Now a distinguished Catholic priest, he received a Bachelor of Arts from Carroll College in Montana in 1958 and a Licentiate of Sacred Theology from Gregorian University in Rome, Italy in 1962, which was solely taught in Latin. He also attained a Doctor of Philosophy from Columbia University in 1970, as well as an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from his alma mater in 2006, also establishing a grant in his name. For the past 34 years, since 1987, Dr. Flynn has flourished in his role as the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Philosophy at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Prior to his current role, Dr. Flynn was an assistant, associate and full professor at Emory University between 1978 and 1987. Earlier, he had shown his prowess as an educator at the Catholic University of America as an assistant professor from 1971 to 1975 and at Carroll College as an instructor of philosophy from 1962 to 1966. Alongside his primary work, Dr. Flynn is an established and skilled author and editor of multiple books. Authorship to his credit includes “Sartre: A Philosophical Biography” from 2014, “Existentialism: A Very Short Introduction” from 2006, “Sartre, Foucault and Historical Reason, Vol. 1 and 2” from 1997 and 2004 and “Sartre and Marxist Existentialism” from 1984.

Notably, Dr. Flynn has been a fellow of the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory University, the Institute for Advanced Study and the National Humanities Center, as well as a senior fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies. To add to his exceptional accolades, he was the recipient of the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award in Humanities in 1990, the United Methodist Church Award for University Scholar-Teacher in 1986 and the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award in 1981. To attest to his legacy, Dr. Flynn is also listed in the 17th edition of Who’s Who in the World. In five years’ time, he hopes to continue contributing to something educational and meaningful. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to music, playing piano traveling and taking in the fine arts.

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