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Philosophy Professor Delivers Lecture at Brown University

CANTON — Brown University’s Sarah Doyle Women’s Center and the Department of East Asian Studies recently hosted St. Lawrence University Professor of Philosophy Erin A. McCarthy to speak during the Brown Contemplative Studies Initiative.

McCarthy’s lecture, titled “Zen Master Meets Contemporary Feminism: Reading Dōgen as resource for feminist philosophy,” discusses the 13th century Japanese Buddhist’s views on the equality of men and women.

According to McCarthy, Dogen's philosophy of practice-enlightenment can help break down gender barriers and patriarchy without reducing difference sameness. In her research, McCarthy analyzes resonance between Dogen contemporary feminist philosophers, such as Luce Irigaray, discussing how his work can support and amplify the non-dualist frameworks these philosophers seek.    

McCarthy is the author of Ethics Embodied: Rethinking Selfhood through Continental, Japanese and Feminist Philosophies (Lexington Books 2010) as well as several comparative philosophy articles that have appeared in both French and English journals and anthologies. She has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of ASIANetwork and is currently co-editor of the ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts. She is founding member of CoZen, a group dedicated to the cooperative integration of contemplative practice and academic study. 

McCarthy delivered her lecture at Brown on Sept. 27.