President Sundborg Awards Pigott McCone Chair to Jason Wirth

Written by Laura Paskin
July 9, 2014

Seattle Univeristy President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., awarded the Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities to Philosophy Professor Jason Wirth. Wirth will further scholarship on the relationship of philosophy and religious life through symposia, conferences, and lectures.  

Wirth is particularly interested in examining the intersection of philosophy and religion as it pertains to the future viability of religious life. He plans to engage more marginal religious traditions to contribute to this dialogue, including Zen practice as well as the local indigenous traditions among the Coast Salish peoples.

The Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities, a two-year appointment, is dedicated to promoting scholarly life among faculty. The President of Seattle University bestows this award to a member of the College of Arts and Sciences faculty who is an outstanding teacher and scholar in one of the basic humanities disciplines.

Wirth is known internationally for his scholarship on German philosophy from Kant to the present, comparative philosophy, especially Mahāyāna Buddhist philosophy; aesthetics; film-philosophy; contemporary French philosophy; ethics, especially ecological ethics; and Africana philosophy. In addition to teaching in the Philosophy Department, he teaches in the Film Studies, Asian Studies, and Global African Studies programs.

Wirth received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Binghamton and joined the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2005. He is Associate Editor and Book Review Editor for Comparative and Continental  Philosophy. A Zen priest, Wirth founded and co-directs the Seattle University EcoSangha.