Herring Professor of Philosophy and Asian Studies
Ph.D. University of Hawaii (1980)
M.A. University of Hawaii (1977)
B.A. Albertson College (1976)
Areas of Specialization:
Japanese Philosophy, Philosophy of Science (Biology), Phenomenology, Bodymind Studies
Areas of Competence:
Indian Philosophy, Chinese Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy
News and Announcements
- Living With The Wind At Your Back was recently published (in Russian) by KOSTA publications.
- Founding Editor of the "Philosophy and Biology" book series with the State University of New York Press. To date, there have been 37 volumes published since 1987. For a list of the books in this series, click here.
- David Shaner, Living With the Wind At Your Back (St. Petersburg, Russia, KOSTA Publishing), 2012. (In Russian)
- David Shaner, The Seven Arts of Change: Leading Business Transformation that Lasts (New York: Sterling Publishing, Inc.), 2010.
- David Shaner, Shigenori Nagatomo and YUASA Yasuo, Science and Comparative Philosophy: Introducing YUASA Yasuo (Leiden: E.J. Brill), 1990.
- David Shaner, The Bodymind Experience in Japanese Buddhism: A Phenomenological Perspective of Dogen and Kukai (Albany: State University of New York Press), 1985.
- David Shaner and Shigenori Nagatomo, Translation of Hiroshi Matoyama's Religion and Humanity for a Global Society (Tokyo: Human Science Press), 2001.
Selected Essays and Articles
- "Neuroplasticity and Temporal Retardation of Development (Paedomorphic Morphology) in Human Evolution: A Consideration of the biological Basis for the Plasticity of Human Cognition and the Potential Acquisition of Culturally Dependent Ethical World Views," Human Evolution: International Journal of Anthropology 5, no.2 (1990): 177-94.
- "Contextual Relief and the Cultural Evolution of Mind," with Robert Darren Hutchinson, Cultural Dynamics 2, no.4 (1989): 425-441.
- "Conservation Ethics and the Japanese Intellectual Tradition," with Shannon Duval, Environmental Ethics 11 (Fall 1989): 197-214.
- "The Rectification of Names," Biology and Philosophy 2, no.3 (1987): 347-68.
- "The Cultural Evolution of Mind," The Personalist Forum 3, no.1 (Spring 1987): 3-9.
- "The Historical Buddha: Biographies of Siddhartha Gautama," Philosophy East and West 37, no. 3 (July 1987): 306-22.
- "Hermeneutic Problems in Comparative Philosophy: The Case of Phenomenology Conceived as a Rigorous Science," Philosophy East and West 36, no.2 (April 1986).
- "Interpreting Across Boundaries," Philosophy East and West 36, no.2 (April 1986): 143-54.
- "Husserl's Phenomenological Method: A Vehicle for Understanding Implicit themes in Japanese Buddhist Philosophy," Annals: Association for Asian Studies 5 (1984): 111-29.
Selected Academic Awards and Grants
- Furman University Faculty Development, Research, and Professional Development Grants (1982-2009)
- Curry Development Grant, "Monism in Traditional Chinese Medicine," Beijing, Hong Kong, and Taipei (2008)
- EXPO 70 Japan Commemorative Fund, "Re-construction of Hei-Sei-Ji" at Furman University (2007-2008)
- National Endowment for the Humanities, "Buddhist Practice and Japanese Views on Authority," Honolulu, Hawaii (2002)
- National Science Foundation Grants, "Research Experiences for Undergraduates," Environmental Ethics Consultant (1995, 1996, 1999, 2000)
- Advantage Research Fellowship, "Realizing Ki and Bodymind Unity" (1993, 1994)
- Harvard Yen Ching Library and Museum of Comparative Zoology Library Study Grant, "The Philosophical Writings of Kinji Imanishi" (1991, 1992)
- Charles A. Dana Foundation Research Fellowship, "Science and Comparative Philosophy" (1988, 1989, 1990)
- University of Chicago Center for Far Eastern Studies, "The Bodymind Experience in Japanese Buddhism" (1983, 1984, 1988)
- Fulbright Foundation Fellowship and USEFI Fellowship, "Philosophical Perspectives on Development in India" (1982)
Cultural Awards and Honors
- Audience with His Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan. Akihito Scholar, 50th Commemorative Symposium, Honolulu, Hawaii (July 15, 2009).
- Personal Audience with Crown Prince Akihito, Akasaka Palace - with His Majesty Emperor Akihito present (June 13, 1988)
- Crown Prince Akihito Scholar Recipient (1979-1980)