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Brian Schroeder

Department Chair
Department of Philosophy
College of Liberal Arts
Professor

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Brian Schroeder

Department Chair
Department of Philosophy
College of Liberal Arts
Professor

Education

BA, Edinboro College; M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary; MA, Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook

Bio

Brian Schroeder is Professor and Chair of Philosophy and Director of Religious Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology. He has published widely on contemporary European philosophy, the history of philosophy, environmental philosophy, Buddhist philosophy, the Kyoto School, social and political philosophy, and the philosophy of religion. He is co-editor with Silvia Benso of the SUNY Press Series in Contemporary Italian Philosophy. Currently an associate officer of the Comparative and Continental Philosophy Circle and an executive committee member of the Society for Italian Philosophy, Schroeder is formerly co-director of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, co-director and chair of the board of the International Association for Environmental Philosophy, director of the Collegium Phaenomenologicum, and an executive committee member of the Nietzsche Society. For more information, including publications, please go to https://rit.academia.edu/sbs.

Brian is also an ordained Zen priest and the Buddhist chaplain at RIT, where he guides the Idunno Zen Community. For more information, please go to https://vimeo.com/212931642/ad9f557d3b

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Currently Teaching

PHIL-311
3 Credits
This course is an introduction to the origin and development of the philosophical traditions of primarily China and Japan through a consideration of selected thinkers, schools, and classic texts of Daoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Zen. Questions of metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics are emphasized with reference to the nature of reality and the person, social harmony and self-realization, causality, right action, and enlightenment. Comparisons may also be made with Western philosophers, both contemporary and classical.
PHIL-401
3 Credits
An examination of the thought of some of those philosophers who have been most influential in the history of ideas. An attempt is made to cover in some depth the works of one or more of these great thinkers. The student will begin to recognize the enduring nature of some of our most pressing problems, as well as the intellectual foundation of proposed solutions. (Prerequisite: one course in philosophy, or permission of instructor) Class 3, Credit 3 (varies)
PHIL-101
3 Credits
Philosophy is about the rigorous discussion of big questions, and sometimes small precise questions, that do not have obvious answers. This class is an introduction to philosophical thinking where we learn how to think and talk critically about some of these challenging questions. Such as: Is there a single truth or is truth relative to different people and perspectives? Do we have free will and, if so, how? Do we ever really know anything? What gives life meaning? Is morality objective or subjective, discovered or created? We’ll use historical and contemporary sources to clarify questions like these, to understand the stakes, to discuss possible responses, and to arrive at a more coherent, more philosophically informed, set of answers.

Select Scholarship

Journal Paper
Schroeder, Brian and Alia Al-Saji. "Introduction to Critical, Affective, and Plural Trajectories in Continental Philosophy." Journal of Speculative Philosophy 30. 3 (2016): 235-41. Print.
Schroeder, Brian. "The Play of Blooming Nihilism." four by three magazine 5. (2016): N/A. Web. ˜
Schroeder, Brian. "Spectacular Silence: Reflections on Nihilism, Violence, and Awakening." four aby three magazine 6. (2016): N/A. Web. ˜
Schroeder, Brian. "Reterritorializing Subjectivity." Research in Phenomenology 42. 2 (2012): 251-266. Print. *
Guglielminetti, Enrico, et al. "Thinking of Work." SpazioFilosofico 1. 1 (2011): 11-12. Print. £
Book Chapter
Schroeder, ShÅ«dō Brian. "On Shushōgi Paragraph 31." Engaging Dōgen’s Zen: The Philosophy of Practice as Awakening. Ed. Tetsuzen Jason M. Wirth, ShÅ«dō Brian Schroeder, and KanpÅ« Bret W. Davis. Somerville, MA: Wisdom Publications, 2016. 185-92. Print. ˜
Schroeder, ShÅ«dō Brian. "Practice-Realization: Dōgen Zen and Original Awakening." Engaging Dōgen’s Zen: The Philosophy of Practice as Awakening. Ed. Tetsuzen Jason M. Wirth, ShÅ«dō Brian Schroeder, and KanpÅ« Bret W. Davis. Somerville, MA: Wisdom Publications, 2016. 37-51. Print. ˜
Schroeder, Brian. "La scuola di Kyoto: Il Nulla assoluto e la Grande Morte." Filosofie nel mondo. Ed. Virgilio Melchiorre, ed and Silvia Benso, trans. Milano, Italy: Bompiani, 2014. 867-897. Print. ∆
Schroeder, Brian. "Foreword." Nihilism and Metaphysics: The Third Voyage, by Vittorio Possenti. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2014. VII-VIII. Print.
Schroeder, Brian and Bret W. Davis. "Conversations on an Ox Path." Japanese and Continental Philosophy: Conversations with the Kyoto School. Ed. Bret W. Davis, Brian Schroeder, and Jason M. Wirth. Bloomington & Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2011. 1-16. Print. *
Schroeder, Brian. "Other-Power and Absolute Passivity in Tanabe and Levinas." Japanese and Continental Philosophy: Conversations with the Kyoto School. Ed. Bret W. Davis, Brian Schroeder, and Jason M. Wirth. Bloomington & Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2011. 193-211. Print. *
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Schroeder, Brian. "Zen Buddhism: Before and Beyond." A Spiritual Mind Lectures Series. Office for Diversity & Inclusion and Center for Campus Life, RIT. Rochester, NY. 25 Feb. 2016. Lecture. ∆
Schroeder, Brian. "Enlightening the Way: Qigong and Zazen." Comparative and Continental Philosophy Circle. National Taiwan University. Taipei, Taiwan. 25 Mar. 2016. Conference Presentation. £
Schroeder, Brian. "Transforming Mind and Emptiness: On the Oxherding Pictures." Philosophy Department. St. Lawrence University. Canton, NY. 4 Apr. 2016. Guest Lecture. ∆
Schroeder, Brian. "Happiness, Death, and the Bhutanese Mask Dance." Conference on The Relevance of Bhutan’s Buddhist Philosophy of Gross National Happiness for Western Society. RIT. Rochester, NY. 29 Apr. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Schroeder, Brian. "Enlightenment and Non-Enlightenment in Ashvagosha’s The Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana." CoZen Symposium. CoZen. Playa Grande, Panama. 15 May 2016. Conference Presentation. ∆
Schroeder, Brian. "What is the Trace of the Original Face? Zen Buddhism, Levinas, and the Mystery of Animality." Sitka Institute. Pacific Association for the Continental Tradition. Sitka, AK. 6 Aug. 2016. Conference Presentation. ∆
Schroeder, Brian. "The Basho of Silence in Transcontinental Philosophy." Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy. Utah Valley University. Salt Lake City, UT. 21 Oct. 2016. Keynote Speech. ∆
Schroeder, Shūdō Brian. "Enlightenment and Suffering." Rohatsu Sesshin. Eishoji Soto Zen Center. Seattle, WA. 10 Dec. 2016. Address. ∆
Schroeder, Brian. "Becoming-Edge: Zen and Nonthinking." Comparative and Continental Philosophy Circle. Loyola Marymount University. Santa Barbara, CA. 21 Mar. 2014. Conference Presentation. ∆
Schroeder, Brian. "Buddha-Nature and the Singularity of Mind." Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy. Binghamton University. Binghamton, NY. 21 Jun. 2014. Conference Presentation. £
Schroeder, Brian. "Warring Companions, Friendly Enemies: Self-Overcoming and Reversed Heroism." Friedrich Nietzsche Society of Great Britain and Ireland. University of Birmingham. Birmingham, UK. 12 Sep. 2014. Conference Presentation. £
Schroeder, Brian. "Practice-Realization: Zen Master Dōgen and Original Awakening." University/Public Lecture. Department of Philosophy, University College Cork. Cork, Ireland. 15 Sep. 2014. Lecture. ∆
Schroeder, Brian. "Emptiness and Nothingness: Nietzsche, Zen, and the Kyoto School." University/Public Lecture. School of Philosophy and the International Centre for Newman Studies, University College Dublin. Dublin, Ireland. 16 Sep. 2014. Lecture. ∆
Schroeder, Brian. "Bioregionalism and Social Ecology: An Ecopolitical Proposal." International Association for Environmental Philosophy. Loyola University and Tulane University. New Orleans, LA. 26 Oct. 2014. Conference Presentation. £
Schroeder, Brian. "The Singular With the Other: Metaphysics and the Political." University/Public Lecture. Department of Philosophy, Koc University. Istanbul, Turkey. 8 Dec. 2014. Lecture. ∆
Schroeder, Brian. "Old World and New World Perspectives on the Environment." International Society for Environmental Ethics. International Society for Environmental Ethics. Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. 15 Jun. 2011. Keynote Speech. ∆
Schroeder, Brian. "Hegel and Absolute Difference." Comparative and Continental Philosophy Circle. University of Cork. University of Cork, Cork, Ireland. 3 Mar. 2011. Conference Presentation. *
Schroeder, Brian. "Oneness is not Sameness: Reflections on Goodness, Peace and Truth." Soto Zen Seminar on Interfaith. University of Seattle and Eishoji Zen Community. University of Seattle, Seattle, WA. 5 Nov. 2011. Guest Lecture. ∆
Schroeder, Brian. "Teaching and Truth: Plato, Levinas and the Vision of Universal Ethics." Hale Ethics Lecture Series. Hale Chair of Applied Ethics. RIT, Rochester, NY. 27 Oct. 2011. Lecture. ∆
Full Length Book
Schroeder, ShÅ«dō Brian, Tetsuzen Jason M. Wirth, and KanpÅ« Bret W. Davis, eds. Engaging Dōgen’s Zen: The Philosophy of Practice as Awakening. 1st ed. Somerville, MA: Wisdom Publications, 2016. Print. «
Davis, Bret W., Brian Schroeder, and Jason M. Wirth, eds. Japanese and Continental Philosophy: Conversations with the Kyoto School. 1st ed. Bloomington & Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2011. Print. *
Journal Editor
Schroeder, Brian and Alia Al-Saji, ed. Journal of Speculative Philosophy 30, 3. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2016. Print.
Erixon, P., et al, ed. Ikebana (華道) and Contemporary Plant Art. Uppsala, Sweden: Uppsala Universitet, 2014. Print.