Integrating comparative feminist philosophy, Buddhist philosophy and contemplative education fosters personal development by promoting an embodied ethics central to both Buddhist and Feminist philosophies. The aim of this lecture is to interweave these three philosophical traditions so that “the echoes of the old voices contribute to the quality of sound of the new voices,” creating new insights (http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/161898.article). Both Buddhist and Feminist philosophies share a commitment to praxis. In Contemplative Education this implies that we cannot simply re-imagine selfhood from a purely conceptual standpoint. The path to transformation requires not only the cultivation of new ways of thinking but also new ways of living. The challenge is figuring out how to promote this through education. Bringing Buddhist and Feminist theories together can significantly enrich the theory and practice of Contemplative Studies and enhance its prospects for change.
St. Lawrence University
Convening Faculty, Fellow, Planning Committee Member
Erin McCarthy (she/her) is a professor, speaker, author, mindfulness coach, philosophical counselor, and parent of twins. After completing her undergraduate degree in French and Philosophy at Trent University, she went … MORE