Patricia Huntington

Biography

Patricia J. Huntington is a professor of philosophy and religious studies in the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies in Arizona State University's New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. 

Huntington, a specialist in continental philosophy, feminist theory, and comparative philosophy, aims to globalize philosophy through intercultural methodologies.  In comparative East-West thought, she focuses on Mahayana Buddhist philosophies (Chan/Zen, Huayan, Yogacara) and Asian traditions (Daoism, Ruism).  Working with hermeneutics, philosophies of existence, critical theory, and phenomenology, she addresses issues of race, gender, and ethnicity, decolonization, intercultural dialogue and aesthetics, social transformation, and liberation of mind and heart.

At ASU West, Huntington has been the visionary behind the development of the Certificate in Philosophy, Rhetoric, and Literature (PRL). It offers a streamlined 15 credit transdisiciplinary focus for undergraduates who wish to develop their critical and imaginative thinking about philosophy, culture, and communication.  Additionally, there is an area focus in PRL for students in the Masters in Interdisciplinary Arts Studies (MAIS). 

Huntington graduated from Fordham University in 1994 with a doctorate in philosophy after receiving her master's degree in the same subject from Fordham in 1988. She received her bachelor's degree in comparative religion from San Diego State University in 1984. Well travelled, Huntington also studied philosophy at J. W. Goethe Universität in Frankfurt, Germany, attended the Volkshochschule German Language School in Frankfurt as well as the Sorbonne's French Language Institute in Paris, France. During her teen years, she studied at John F. Kennedy, a bilingual school in Jurica, Mexico.

Before joining the faculty at ASU in 2008, Huntington taught philosophy in a thriving liberal arts atomosphere for 11 years at Loyola University of Chicago (1998-2007).  She also played a role in the education of the Jesuit scholastics through the First Studies Program at Loyola. Prior to Loyola, she taught at American University (1996-98) and Moravian College (1994-95).

In addition to her faculty appointment in New College, Huntington is a faculty affiliate with the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies in ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the Tempe campus.

She is currently Book Review Editor, Frontiers of Philosophy in China 中国哲学前沿 and a member of the editorial board at Hypatia : A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. Huntington has authored "Ecstatic Subjects, Utopia, and Recognition: Kristeva, Heidegger, Irigaray," co-edited "Feminist Interpretations of Martin Heidegger" and co-edited a book series, "New Critical Theory," which published 16 leading as well as novel authors in the emerging transdisciplinary field of critical theory.

In her monograph, "Loneliness and Lament: A Phenomenology of Receptivity," Huntington shows that loneliness does not consist essentially in the absence of a friend, partner, spouse or child but stems, rather, from a radical breach in one's relation to life journey.

Education

  • Ph.D. Philosophy, Fordham University 1994 
  • M.A. Philosophy, Fordham University 1988
  • B.A. Comparative Religion, San Diego State University 1984  

Research Interests

PRESENTATIONS & SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES

Book Review Editor, Frontiers of Philosophy in China -��fM�. August 2017 to present.

Recent publications:

"A Buddhist Response to Kwok-ying Laus Phenomenology and Intercultural Understanding. Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy Vol 1 (forthcoming 2019).

A Huayan Critique of Heidegger: The Quest for a Non-Obstructed Mitdasein. Journal of the Pacific Association for the Continental Tradition, Vol. 1 (2018): 1-18.

"Place as Refuge: Exploring the Poetical Legacy of Matsuo BashM (~> �I)." Frontiers of Philosophy in China (forthcoming 2017).

Asymmetrical Reciprocity and Practical Agency: Contemporary Dilemmas of Feminist Theory in Benhabib, Young, and Kristeva. Political Phenomenology: Essays in Memory of Petee Jung, eds. Lester Embree and Hwa Yol Jung.  (Springer: Contributions to Phenomenology, a series of the Center for Advanced Research in Phenomenology, 2016), 353-78.

Conference presentations

2018

"DMgen Embodied: Zen and the Metaphorics of Enlightened Praxis."  Buddhist Philosophy Section, The World Congress of Philosophy.  Beijing, August 14, 2018.

"The Aesthetics of Learning to Be Human." The Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy.  he World Congress of Philosophy.  Beijing, August 19, 2018.

2017

Panel organizer and paper presentation, "Philosophies of Action and Practice: Eastern Alternatives to the Anxious West," with Jin Y. Park (American University) and David Chai (Chinese University of Hong Kong), The Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, 49th Annual Conference, Peking University, Beijing, June 9-12.

"On Kwok-Ying Lau's Phenomenology and Intercultural Understanding: A Buddhist Engagement," invited.  Author Meets Critics Session on Lau. The Society for Asian andComparative Philosophy, Peking University, Beijing, June 9-12.

"Politics on the Edge," panelist, Pacific Association for the Continental Tradition, American  Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, Seattle, April 12-15.

"The Quest for Non-Obstructed Mitdasein: A Buddhist Correction to Heidegger." Comparative and Continental Philosophy Circle (CCPC), Arizona State University West, March 30April 2.

2016
Place as Refuge: Exploring BashMs Poetical Legacy, Eleventh East-West Philosophers Conference, University of Hawaii Manoa, May 24-31, 2016.

Exploring Karma in Colonial Displacement Through DMgen and the laya-vij�na, Continental and Comparative Philosophy Circle, Co-sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences, National Taiwan University, Taipei-Gu�l� T�iwn D�xu� ��    c'x (T�id� �'), March 24-26, 2016.

 The Time of Awakening: Dogen and Yogacara, presentation to Division of Humanities, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, March 22, 2016.

2015
Critical Theory East and West, presentation to faculty and students in Humanities, Chiangmai University, June 9, 2015.

The Time of Karmic Transmission: Aspects of D�gen and Yog�c�ra, presentation at the Continental and Comparative Philosophy Circle (CCPC), Co-sponsored by the Institute of Philosophy, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland, May 14-17, 2015.

2014
Academic Exchange by Invitation, with faculty and administrators at the Royal University, the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, the Royal Institute of Management, Chubachu Primary School, Athang Training Academy, Tashichhodzong Monastery, Center for Bhutan Studies, Tango University of Buddhist Studies. Meeting with Chairman of the Monastic Executive Committee and administrators from Dzongkha Development Committee, His Holiness Gyeltse Tenzin Rabgay Rinpoche, and the Ven. Gembo Dorji, Secretary General of the Central Monastic Body of Bhutan. Sponsored by Dr. Jason Wirth, Seattle University and Kosho Itagaki of the Pacific Northwest Zen Center, Thimphu and Paro, Bhutan, Dec. 1120, 2014.

2013
Invited public paper presentation, Trauma of Gifted Children with a poetry reading from Loneliness and Lament, Transgenerational Suffering: Historical Violence and Repair, University of Alaska, Juneau, April 5-10.

Discussant, public panel, Transgenerational Suffering: Historical Violence and Repair, a dialogue with Native American perspectives, University of Alaska Honors Symposium, April 5-10.

Prison lecture, Critical Theory, Lemon Correctional Facility, Juneau, Alaska, April 6.

2011
International keynote address: "Transgenerational Trauma and Spiritual Loneliness: A Post-Secular Perspective."  Nordic Summer University (NSU), Sweden, July 31 - August 7.

Keynote address: "Forgivness."  Seventh Annual Philosophy and Religious Studies Undergraduate Conference, California State University Bakersfield, April 30.

Paper presentation,  "Mending: The Hard Work of Repair in a Broken World."  SPEP or Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Philadelphia, Oct 21-23.

International paper presentation: The Feminine Face of God: Receptive, Not Powerless.  The Future of God: An Interdisciplinary Conference, Gonzaga University, Firenze, Italy, February 23-25.

2010
Paper presentation, Complexities of Forgiveness: Early Trauma in Mother-Daughter Genealogies.  New Approaches to Trauma: Briding Theory and Practice. New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University, October 7-9.

International paper presentation: Redemptive Suffering and Forgiveness: Traumatic Mother-Daughter Relations.  Gender Session at the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture Conference, University of Oxford, September 23-26.

International paper presentation: Buddhist Compassion and Otherness in Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter . . . Spring.  Film and Religion Session at the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture Conference, University of Oxford, September 23-26.

 

Selected Publications:

Huntington, P. (2009). Loneliness and Lament. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Huntington, P. (1998). Ecstatic Subjects, Utopia, and Recognition. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Huntington, P. & Holland, N. (Eds.). (2001). Feminist Interpretations of Martin Heidegger. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press.

Huntington, P. (2016). Asymmetrical Reciprocity and Practical Agency: Contemporary Dilemmas of Feminist Theory in  Benhabib, Young, and Kristeva. Political Phenomenology: Essays  in Memory of Petee Jung, eds. Lester Embree and Hwa Yol Jung. (Springer: Contributions to Phenomenology, a series of the  Center for Advanced Research in Phenomenology), 353-78.

Huntington P.  (2012). "Mending: The Hard Work of Repair in a Broken World."  The Journal of Speculative Philosophy, vol. 26:2 (2012): 411-22.

Huntington P.  (2010). On Witnessing and Love: A Dialogue with Caputo.  A Postmodern Phenomenology of the Cross, eds. Mark Zlomslic and Neal DeRoo. Postmodern Ethics Series (Wipf and Stock Publishers), 197-223.

Huntington, P. (2008). Primordial Attunement, Hardening, and Bearing: A Heideggerian Exploration of Child Rearing. Rethinking Facticity, eds. Eric Sean Nelson and Fran�oise Raffoul. (Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press), 317-43.

Huntington, P.J. (2007). "Suffering and strife: For what can we hope?" International Kierkegaard Commentary, 17, 95-118.

Huntington, P. (2007). Listening to Zapatismo: A Reflection on Spiritual Deracination.  Radical Philosophy Review Vol. 10. 1: 55-78.

Huntington, P.J. (2006). "Loneliness and innocence: A Kierkegaardian reflection on the paradox of self-realization." Continental Philosophy Review, 39, 415-433.

Courses

Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
PHI 304 Existentialism
REL 390 Women, Gender and Religion
WST 390 Women, Gender and Religion
PHI 499 Individualized Instruction
CMN 590 Reading and Conference
JHR 590 Reading and Conference
JHR 593 Applied Project
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
WST 390 Women, Gender and Religion
REL 390 Women, Gender and Religion
PHI 412 Philosophy & Lit Criticism
MAS 598 Special Topics
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
REL 390 Women, Gender and Religion
WST 390 Women, Gender and Religion
PHI 421 Philosophical Topics
PHI 493 Honors Thesis
JHR 598 Special Topics
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
REL 390 Women, Gender and Religion
WST 390 Women, Gender and Religion
PHI 412 Philosophy & Lit Criticism
PHI 499 Individualized Instruction
MAS 598 Special Topics
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
PHI 304 Existentialism
HON 494 Special Topics
MAS 585 Capstone Course
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
REL 345 Asian Religious Traditions
ENG 401 Topics in Critical Theory
MAS 585 Capstone Course
ENG 597 Graduate Capstone Seminar
ENG 598 Special Topics
MAS 598 Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
WST 390 Women, Gender and Religion
REL 390 Women, Gender and Religion
PHI 412 Philosophy & Lit Criticism
MAS 598 Special Topics
ENG 598 Special Topics
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
REL 345 Asian Religious Traditions
PHI 411 Continental Philosophy
MAS 595 Continuing Registration
MAS 598 Special Topics
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
PHI 304 Existentialism
ENG 401 Topics in Critical Theory
ENG 598 Special Topics
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
REL 345 Asian Religious Traditions
PHI 412 Philosophy & Lit Criticism
MAS 598 Special Topics

Presentations

  • Huntington. "Buddhist Compassion and Otherness in Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter . . . Spring.". Film and Religion Session at the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture Conferen (Sep 2010).
  • self, Presiding, Kierkegaard, Religion, and Culture Group session. "Irony, Authorical Intention, and Point of View in Kierkegaard's Writing" Five paper presentations. American Academy of Religion, Montreal Canada Nov. 7-10, 2009 (Nov 2009).
  • Board Member, Kierkegaard, Religion, and Culture Group. "Irony, Authorial Intention, and Point of View in Kierkegaard's Writings". American Academy of Religion, Montreal Canada, Nov 7-10, 2009 (Nov 2009).
  • Board member, Kierkegaard, Religion, and Culture Group. "Kierkegaard, Violence, and the Sacred: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Interpretations of the Near Sacrifice of Abraham's Son". American Academy of Religion, Montreal Canada, Nov, 7-10, 2009 (Nov 2009).
  • Board Member, Kierkegaard, Religion, and Culture Group. "Kierkegaard and Judaism". American Academy of Religion, Montreal Canada, Nov 7-10, 2009 (Nov 2009).
  • self, Moderator and Discsussant. "Phenomenologies of Shame". Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Washington D.C (Oct 2009).
  • Patricia Huntington. Conference participant. American Academy of Religion (AAR) (Nov 2008).
  • Patricia Huntington. "Primordial Attunement, Hardening, Bearing: A Heideggerian Approach to Child Rearing". Arizona State University paper presentation (Mar 2008).

Service

 

SELECTED

Profession

  • Host and OrganizerComparative and Continental Philosophy Circle (CCPC), Arizona State University West, March 30–April 2 (2016).
  • The Heidegger Circle, Editorial Committee, conference paper review (2013-2014)
  • Host Chinese Delegation (2013)
  • Faculty Host, Dr. Chen Xi, Hunan University (2012 – 2013) 
  • Board Member, Steering Committee, The Kierkegaard, Religion, and Culture Group at he American Academy of Religion (AAR) (2009 - 2012) 
  • Memory and Countermemory Symposium, Co-sponsor and assisted wtih organization (2011 - 2012)
  •  Host and Book exhibit organizer, Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (2002)
  • Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Member of Editorial Board (2000 - present)
  • Budhi: A Journal of Ideas and Culture, Philippines (2011 to present)​
         

University

  • IHR Advisory Board (2011- 2014)
  • University Promotion and Tenure (2010 - 2012)

New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

  • Scholar in Residence, Lincoln Faculty Fellows Seminar (2011-2012)
  • Co-facilitator of the CCICS and IHR Faculty Seminar and Salon on Gabriele Schwab (201)
  • Co-facilitator of Faculty Salons with IHR support (2009-2011)
  • HArCS Executive Advisory (2009 - 2010)
  • Facilitator, Certificate in Philosophy, Rhetoric and Literature, (2008-present)
  • NEH Committee, Reviewed NEH applicants; selected two for Dean's review (2008 - 2009)
  • Post-Tenure Review Dean's Committee, auditor (2008 - 2009)
  • Peer Review (2009, 2010, 2016)
  • Third Year Review (2008 - 2009)