Seattle University President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., will install Philosophy Professor Jason Wirth as the Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities on April 17, 2015. The Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities, a two-year appointment, is awarded 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 will use his award to further scholarship on the relationship of philosophy and religious life through symposia, conferences, and lectures.
Wirth received his PhD in Philosophy from the Binghamton University and is an ordained S?t? Zen priest. His research and scholarship focus on 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.
Wirth is known internationally for his scholarship on German philosophy from Kant to the present, comparative philosophy, especially Mah?y?na 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.
Following the installation, Shudo Brian Schroeder will present "Practice-Realization: Zen Master Dogen and Original Awakening." Schroeder, Professor of Philosophy and Director of Religious Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology, is also an ordained Soto Zen priest, co-director of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, and co-editor of the SUNY Press Series in Contemporary Italian Philosophy. He has published widely on such topics as contemporary European philosophy, the history of philosophy, Buddhist philosophy, the Kyoto School, and philosophical theology. His most recent book, Atonement of the Last God: Apocalypse, Eschatology, and the Question of Evil, is due out later this year.
The installation and guest presentation begin at 4 p.m. on April 17, 2015, in Casey Commons. A reception immediately follows. This event is free and open to the public.
The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 41 undergraduate major degrees, 37 minors, and 6 master's degrees.