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David R. Loy

A U.S. citizen born in 1947, since 2006 the Besl Family Chair of Ethics/Religion & Society at Xavier University in Ohio.

David R. Loy has been professor in the Faculty of International Studies, Bunkyo University, Chigasaki, Japan. Previously, he taught in the philosophy department of National University of Singapore (1978-1984).

His main research is in comparative (East-West) philosophy, especially bringing Buddhist perspectives to bear on contemporary social issues such as terrorism and violence, restorative justice, economics and globalization, biotechnology, environmental crises, and "the clash of civilizations."

Dr. Loy's short CV can be found here - although from before he took up his chair of Xavier University:

"Dr. Loy was born in the Panama Canal Zone and did his undergraduate studies at Carlton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and for a year studied analytic philosophy at the University of London’s King College. He did post-graduate work in Asian philosophy at the University of Hawaii, where he received a masters degree. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Singapore. He has taught in Singapore and Japan.

He is the author of Nonduality: A Study in Comparative Philosophy (Yale University Press, 1988), Lack and Transcendence: The Problem of Death and Life in Psychotherapy, Existentialism, and Buddhism (Humanities Press, 1996), A Buddhist History of the West: Studies in Lack (State University of New York Press, 2002), and The Great Awakening: A Buddhist Social Theory (Wisdom Publications, 2003). He is also the editor of Healing Deconstruction: Postmodern Thought in Buddhism and Christianity (Scholars Press, 1996) and coauthor with his wife, Linda Goodhew, of The Dharma of Dragons and Daemons: Buddhist Themes in Modern Fantasy (Wisdom Publications, 2004).

In addition to his academic work, David Loy is an authorized teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan lineage of Zen Buddhism where he completed formal koan training under Zen Master Yamada Koun Roshi.

His personal website which also contains his impressive academic production can be found here.

David R. Loy joined TFF as an associate in 2003.


Xavier University
Department of Ethics, Religion an Society
322 Hinkle Hall
Cincinnati - Ohio 45207 - U.S.A.


+1-513 745 3819


+1-513 745 3215



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