Erin Jien McCarthy PhDTitle
Chair and Professor of Philosophy
St. Lawrence University
Erin McCarthy, PhD, is Chair and Professor of Philosophy at St. Lawrence University (Canton, N.Y.) 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” (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 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 and the 2016 recipient of the “J. Calvin Keene Award” at St. Lawrence University. She sits on the editorial boards of the journals ”Comparative and Continental Philosophy,” “The Journal of Japanese Philosophy” and “Body and Religion,” and is co-editor of the ”ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies and 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 coöperative integration of contemplative practice and academic study. She is also a trained Mindfulness and Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, and has completed the Mindful Schools Curriculum Training, modalities which she brings to her teaching and the campus community as a whole.