Erin Jien McCarthy, Ph.D. is Chair and Professor of Philosophy at St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY) where she also teaches in the Asian Studies Program. A comparative feminist philosopher, in her work and teaching she brings together Japanese philosophy, ethics, feminist and continental philosophy. Author of the book Ethics Embodied: Rethinking Selfhood through Continental, Japanese and Feminist Philosophies (Lexington, 2010), her work has also been published in several journals and  anthologies, most recently in The Oxford Handbook of Japanese Philosophy and the Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Contemporary Japanese Philosophy. Her current research interests include medieval Japanese philosopher Dōgen as a resource for contemporary feminist philosophy, early Japanese feminist philosophers and another strand integrates feminist and contemplative pedagogies. She was an inaugural recipient of the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation Residential Fellowship for Buddhist Studies and American Culture and Values at Naropa University in 2009. She sits on the editorial boards of the journals Comparative and Continental PhilosophyThe Journal of Japanese Philosophy and Body and Religion, and from 2011-2017 served as co-editor of the ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts. She has also served as Chair of the Board of Directors of ASIANetwork. She is a founding member of CoZen, a group dedicated to the cooperative integration of contemplative practice and academic study. In addition, Dr. McCarthy is a trained teacher of Mindfulness for Symptom Management and Mindful Self-Compassion, modalities which she brings to her teaching and the campus community as a whole. 

This profile was last updated on January 1, 2018

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2018 International Symposium for Contemplative Research Session

Master Lectures: Contemplative Studies Panel: Contemplating the Future of “Contemplative Studies”

Moderators: Erin McCarthy
Panel: Amishi Jha, Harold Roth, Ed Sarath, Erin McCarthy

Topics: Brain & Cognitive Science | Contemplative Wisdom | Education | Self & Other


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ISCS 2016 – Master Lecture – Erin McCarthy

Mind and Life Institute • November 12, 2016

Topics: Contemplative Wisdom | Education | Social Change

2016 International Symposium for Contemplative Studies Session

Master Lectures: Embodying Change: Buddhism, Feminism, and Contemplative Education

Erin McCarthy

Topics: Contemplative Wisdom | Education | Social Change


2014 International Symposium for Contemplative Studies Session

Concurrent Session 1 – Philosophical Foundations for Contemplative Pedagogy in Higher Education: New Research in the Field

Susan Burggraf, Barry Kroll, Erin McCarthy, Harold Roth, Judith Simmer-Brown

Topics: Education | Mindfulness