Michael Kelly, PhD

Michael Kelly
Phone: (619) 260-6837
Office: Founders Hall 167C

Associate Professor, Philosophy

  • Ph.D., Fordham University, Philosophy
  • M. Phil., Fordham University, Philosophy
  • MA, Fordham University, Philosophy
  • BA, Connecticut College, Philosophy and Psychology (Double Major)

Michael R. Kelly, PhD, came to USD in Fall semester of 2013, having previously taught at Boston College. His main area of research is 20th Century Continental philosophy, especially phenomenology from its classical to its contemporary period.

Scholarly Work

Kelly's research publications and presentations have covered topics such as the relation between time-consciousness, intentionality, and self-awareness, and most recently some phenomenological distinctions between envy and sibling emotions such as covetousness, emulation, etc. In addition to articles in anthologies, Kelly has published in journals such as American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Journal of the British Society for PhenomenologyThe New Yearbook of Phenomenology, and Philosophy Today. Kelly is editor of three volumes -- Bergson and Phenomenology(Palgrave, 2010), with Jeffery A. Hanson, Michel Henry: The Affects of Thought(Bloomsbury, 2012), and with Brian Harding, Perpetual Beginnings: Rereading Early Phenomenology (Bloomsbury 2016) and Phenomenology and the Problem of Time (Palgrave 2016). His current interest in applications of classical phenomenology on the so-called 'negative' emotions and those virtues that may help one overcome one's negative emotions (e.g., envy and gratitude).


Areas of Interest

In addition to his scholarly works, Kelly is interested in the history of philosophy and the history of ideas, or the "Great Books." He enjoys teaching introductory level philosophy courses (such as Human Nature and Ethics) and specialized classes in both the history of continental thought and certain themes (e.g., time-consciousness and subjective life, emotion studies and moral phenomenology, and existentialism).