Jin Y. Park in Conversation with Erin McCarthy, Leah Kalmanson, Douglas L. Berger, and Mark A. Nathan

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Douglas L. Berger
Leah Kalmanson
Erin McCarthy
Mark A. Nathan
Jin Y. Park


These essays engage Jin Y. Park’s recent translation of the work of Kim Iryŏp (1896–1971), a Buddhist nun and public intellectual in early twentieth-century Korea. Park’s translation of Iryŏp’s Reflections of a Zen Buddhist Nun (Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2014) was the subject of two book panels at recent conferences: the first a plenary session at the annual meeting of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy (Monterey, California, 2015) and the second at the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association on a group program session sponsored by the International Society for Buddhist Philosophy (Washington, D.C., 2016). This exchange also includes a response from Park.

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Berger, D. L., Kalmanson, L., McCarthy, E., Nathan, M. A., & Park, J. Y. (2020). Jin Y. Park in Conversation with Erin McCarthy, Leah Kalmanson, Douglas L. Berger, and Mark A. Nathan. Journal of World Philosophies, 5(2), 155–182. Retrieved from https://scholarworks.iu.edu/iupjournals/index.php/jwp/article/view/4051
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Douglas L. Berger, Leiden University

Douglas L. Berger is Professor of Global and Comparative Philosophy at Leiden University in the Netherlands, where he teaches and does research in Indian and Chinese traditions. Berger is also the director of the Leiden University Center for Intercultural Philosophy and was the former president of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy. He has authored dozens of essays in Indian and Chinese philosophy and intercultural philosophical hermeneutics, and has written four monographs, including “The Veil of Māyā:” Schopenhauer’s System and Early Indian Thought (Global Academic Publications, SUNY-Binghamton, 2004) and Encounters of Mind: Luminosity and Personhood in Indian and Chinese Thought (SUNY-Albany, 2015).

Leah Kalmanson, Drake University

Leah Kalmanson is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa). She received her PhD in philosophy from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She is the author of Cross-Cultural Existentialism: On the Meaning of Life in Asian and Western Thought (Bloomsbury, 2020) and co-author with Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach of A Practical Guide to World Philosophies: Selves, Worlds, and Ways of Knowing (Bloomsbury, 2021). Her articles appear in the journals Comparative and Continental Philosophy, Continental Philosophy Review, Frontiers of Philosophy in China, Hypatia, Journal of World Philosophies, Philosophy East and West, Shofar, and Studies in Chinese Religions. She is co-editor of several collections including, most recently, Comparative Studies in Asian and Latin American Philosophies with Stephanie Rivera Berruz (Bloomsbury, 2018), Ineffability: An Exercise in Comparative Philosophy of Religion with Tim Knepper (Springer, 2017), and Buddhist Responses to Globalization with James Mark Shields (Lexington, 2014). She currently serves on the editorial team at the Journal of Japanese Philosophy (SUNY).

Erin McCarthy, St. Lawrence University

Erin McCarthy is Professor of Philosophy at St. Lawrence University, 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 been published in several anthologies and journals in both French and English. Her current research looks at medieval Japanese philosopher Dōgen as a resource for contemporary feminist philosophy; another strand is developing a theory of Contemplative Feminist Pedagogy. In 2019 she was named a Research Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute. In 2016, Dr. McCarthy was the recipient of St. Lawrence’s J. Calvin Keene Award. 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 Philosophy, The Journal of Japanese Philosophy, and Body and Religion, and served as co-editor of the ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies and the Liberal Arts from 2011 to 2017. She is founding Co-Editor of the ASIANetwork Book Series with Lever Press. She has also served as Chair of the Board of Directors of ASIANetwork and in 2017 was honored with the Van J. Symons Award for Service to the organization. She is a founding member of CoZen, a group dedicated to the cooperative integration of contemplative practice and academic study.

Mark A. Nathan, University of Buffalo

Mark A. Nathan is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and the Asian Studies Program at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. He is the author of From the Mountains to the Cities: A History of Buddhist Propagation in Modern Korea and the co-editor of Buddhism and Law: An Introduction.

Jin Y. Park, American University

Jin Y. Park is Professor and Department Chair of Philosophy and Religion at American University, USA. Park specializes in Korean Buddhism (especially Sŏn and Hwaŏm Buddhism), Buddhist ethics, Buddhist-postmodern comparative philosophy, and modern East Asian philosophy. Her books include Women and Buddhist Philosophy (2017); Reflections of a Zen Buddhist Nun (2014); Makers of Modern Korean Buddhism (2010); Merleau-Ponty and Buddhism (co-edited, 2009); Buddhism and Postmodernity (2008), and Buddhisms and Deconstructions (2006). Park currently serves as the President of the North American Korean Philosophy Association (2016–present). Park also served as the President of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy (2018–2019).