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John Krummel

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Joined the faculty in 2008

Ph.D. in Religion, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 2008
Ph.D. in Philosophy, New School for Social Research, New York, NY, 1999
M.A. in Philosophy, New School for Social Research, New York, NY, 1994
B.A. in Philosophy, Earlham College, Richmond, IN, 1988.

Read John Krummel's Curriculum Vitae.

John W. M. Krummel received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research in 1999 and received an additional Ph.D. in Religion at Temple University. His writings have been published in Auslegung, PoMo Magazine, Dao, and International Philosophical Quarterly, Existentia, and Philosophy Today. He has also written an entry for the online Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, and has translated works from Japanese and from German into English for publication. He was born and raised in Japan in a bi-lingual family. His scholarly interests include continental philosophy, phenomenology, Heidegger, Kant, Nietzsche, Asian philosophy, Buddhism, Dogen, Kukai, Kyoto school philosophy, Nishida, Nishitani, comparative philosophy/religion, and philosophy of religion, among others. He also enjoys literature, film, and music.

Current scholarly interests:
Comparative theology
Philosophy
Religion
Continental philosophy
phenomenology
Heidegger
Kant
Nishida
Nietzsche
Mishima
Dostoevsky
Buddhist philosophy
Kyoto school philosophy
Existentialism
Post-modern thought
History of philosophy
Philosophy of religion
Asian (esp. Japanese) religious/philosophical thought
Buddhism
Mysticism
Death & Dying
Nihilism
Critique of modernity

Previous teaching experience:
I have been teaching courses on philosophy and religion since 1996 at various schools, such as Pace University, Long Island University, City University of New York, City University of New Jersey, Bellarmine University, LaSalle University, St. Joseph University, and Temple University.

Recent Publications:
Articles:
"The Originary Wherein: Heidegger and Nishida on 'the Sared' and 'the Religious'," Research in Phenomenology, vol. 40, no. 3, Sep. 2010.
"Transcendent or Immanent? Significance and History of Li in Confucianism," Journal of Chinese Philosophy, vol. 37, no. 3, Sep. 2010.
"Representation and Poiesis: the Imagination in the Later Heidegger" in Philosophy Today, vol. 5, no. 3, Fall 2007.
"Spatiality in the Later Heidegger: Turning - Clearing - Letting" in Existentia, vol. XVI, no.5-6, 2006.
"Kukai" in Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/kukai), 2006.

Books:
"Place and Dialectics: Two Essays by Nishida Kitaro," NYC: Oxford University Press, in-print.

Translations:
Yuasa Yasuo, Overcoming Modernity: Synchronicity and Image-Thinking (NYC: SUNY Press, 2008), a co-translation with S. Nagatomo.

Personal Statement:
I take a philosophical approach to the study of religion and the comparison of religious thought. I am interested in seeing what relevance they may have for people today, including ourselves. What might the study of religions and philosophies from across cultural boundaries offer us today in this (post-)modern world of rapid globalization? I was born and raised in Japan in a bi-linguistic and bi-cultural family. That experience has helped me in my own research and I like to bring it into the classroom as well. My knowledge of the Japanese language has helped in my research and also enabled me to complete several translation projects. I also work with the German language.

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