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Philosopher , university professor

Christopher Ingebreth Fynsk, American Humanities educator. University of California Regents fellow, 1974-1975; Gilman fellow Johns Hopkins University, 1976-1981; member Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 1990-1991. Member Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi.


Fynsk, Christopher Ingebreth was born on August 30, 1952 in Wilmington, Delaware, United States. Son of Arthur William and Greta Evelyn (Soyland) Fynsk.


Bachelor in English summa cum laude, Cornell University, 1974. Master of Arts in English, University California, Irvine, 1976. Master of Arts in French, Johns Hopkins University, 1979.

Doctor of Philosophy in Romance Languages, Johns Hopkins University, 1981.


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. 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.


He is well known for his work relating the political and literary aspects of continental philosophy.


Member Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi.


Arthur William Fynsk

Greta Evelyn (Soyland) Fynsk