Robert Allinson

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Robert Elliott Allinson (born 1942) is Professor of Philosophy and the former Director of Humanities at Soka University of America (SUA). He was previously a professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received his B.A. in Philosophy and Literature from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale with Great Distinction in the Honours Program. He received his M.A. in Literature from the University of Texas at Austin and his Ph.D. in Philosophy with Highest Distinction in Metaphysics and Epistemology under his doctoral advisor, Charles Hartshorne, considered 'The Leading Metaphysician of the Twentieth Century' by the Encyclopædia Britannica.[1]


Allinson's research interests include Metaphysics, Eastern and Western Integrative Philosophy, Epistemology, and Ethics among others. In addition to scholarship, Allinson has contributed original philosophy.

His publications include:

  • Saving Human Lives, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2005
  • Chuang-Tzu for Spiritual Transformation, Jiangsu People's Press, Chinese translation, 2004; Korean translation, 2004; CD-ROM, Boulder, 2000
  • Understanding the Chinese Mind, Oxford University Press, 2000, Tenth Impression
  • Chuang-Tzu for Spiritual Transformation, State University of New York at Albany, 1996, Sixth Impression
  • Global Disasters, Prentice-Hall, 1994
  • Contemporary Perspectives, East and West, Chinese University Press, 1988
  • "Intercultural Hermeneutics," Encyclopedia of Chinese Philosophy, 2003
  • "The General and the Master," Revue Internationale de Philosophie, 2004
  • Public Lecture, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, 2004
  • Science and Prestige Lecture, University of Canterbury, 2001

Honors and awards

  • Nominator, Kyoto Prize for Humanities, in Ethics and Thought, 2004
  • Erskine Fellow, The University of Canterbury, 2001
  • Visiting Fellow, Yale University, The Graduate School of Arts and Science, Department of Philosophy, 1997
  • Visiting Fellow, Oxford University, 1991
  • Senior Associate Member, St. Antony's College, Oxford University, 1987
  • Associate Member, Balliol College, Oxford University, 1987
  • Academy of American Poet's Award,.Honorable Mention, Octavio Paz, Nobel laureate, Judge, 1979


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