Erin McCarthy

Professor Philosophy Philosophy Department
Education

Ph.D.
University of Ottawa

Erin McCarthy

Dr. Erin McCarthy came to St. Lawrence in 2000. She is Professor of Philosophy and also teaches in the Asian Studies Program. She is Co-Chair of the University Task Force on the Causes and Prevention of Sexual Misconduct. 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 and another strand is developing a theory of Contemplative Feminist Pedagogy.  In 2019 her expertise and contributions to Contemplative Studies were recognized when 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 2011-2017.  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. In 2018 she served as Co-Chair of the International Symposium for Contemplative Research, the largest and premier academic conference in the field of Contemplative Studies (www.iscr2018.org). In addition, Dr. McCarthy is a trained teacher of Mindfulness for Symptom Management and Mindful Self-Compassion, and is a Unified Mindfulness Level 2 Coach -- modalities which she brings to her teaching, the campus community as a whole, and in Ottawa, the community in which she lives. For more on Dr. McCarthy's mindfulness teaching, see www.erinmccarthymindfulness.com.

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