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William Barnes Lecturer, Philosophy and Religion
Philosophy and Religion

William Barnes

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RESEARCH

Areas of Specialization: The Social and Political Philosophy of Identity, Violence, and Peace.  

Areas of Concentration: 20thcenturyContinentalEthical, Social, and Political Philosophy and Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Metaphysics and Ethics 

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Philosophy 

Dissertation: “Liberal Cynicism, its Dangers, and a Cure”      

University of New Mexico, 2018 

M.A. Philosophy, (with Distinction) Comps: History of World Philosophy  

University of New Mexico, 2011.  

Graduate Certificate: Sanskrit and Advanced Buddhist Hermeneutics  

Ranjung Yeshe Institute, University of Kathmandu, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2008.  

M.A. Buddhist Studies (with Merit)  

School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK, 2007. 

Thesis: “The Abhidharmic Analysis of Existence”  

B.A. (with Honors) Philosophy 

York University, York, UK, 2004. 

Thesis: “20th Century Epistemology and Radical Cultural Diversity”   

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

Lecturer of Philosophy, Curry College, Milton, MA 2018 – present  

Instructor of Philosophy, Bentley University, Waltham, Ma 2018 – present  

PREVIOUS PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

Instructor of Philosophy Lasselle College Newton, MA 2018 - 2019 

Interdisciplinary Rhetoric and Composition Assistantship – University of New Mexico, 2014 – 2017 

Instructor of Religious studies University of New Mexico 2014 - 2017  

Instructor of Philosophy University of New Mexico 2010 - 2017  

PUBLICATIONS

Books:

Polarity, Politics, and Peace  

Editor. Part of Brill Rodopi’s Philosophy of Peace series, in conjunction with Concerned Philosophers for Peace Brill, under submission, expected 2021/22 

Book Chapters:

“At Peace, with Polarity: Cynicism, Cheekiness, and Racial Satire” In, Polarity, Politics, and  

Peace Ed. Will Barnes, Brill, under submission, expected 2021/22 

“Is Anger Ever Required? Ārya Śāntideva on Anger and its Antidotes” in The Ethics of Anger,  

  1. Lewis Court, Lexington, accepted for publication, expected 2020/21

“The Virtue of the Chickadee: Chief Plenty Coups’ Anti-Genocidal Ethics” 

in Peaceful Approaches for a More Peaceful World, edited by Sanjay Lal. Brill, accepted for publication, expected 2020/21 

 “The Rise of Cynical Irony” 

In Joshua Stoll, Brandon Underwood, and Shuchen Xiang. (eds.) Distributing Worlds Through Aesthetic Encounters, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017. 

“Addressing Contemporary Cynicism” 

In S. Morrow and M. Izor (eds.), A World in Discourse: Converging and Diverging Expressions of Value, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2016. 

“Creating the Appropriate Context for Śūnyatā-Yoga,” 

In Laura Specker Sullivan and Masato Ishida (eds.) Locating and Losing the Self in the World: Cross-Cultural Reflections on Self-Awareness and Self-Transcendence,Cambridge Scholars Press, 2014.  

Reviews:

The Force of Non-Violence: An Ethico Political Bind (Judith Butler, Verso 2020) Review for  

Acorn, forthcoming 2021.  

The Principle of Non-Contradiction in Plato’s Republic: An Argument for Form (Lawrence  

Bloom, Lexington Books) Review for Ancient Philosophy, Fall 2020.  

Plato and the Invention of Life Michael Nass (Fordham University Press) Review for Ancient  

Philosophy Volume 39, Issues 2, Fall 2019 Pages 469-473 

Foucault and Nietzsche: A Critical Encounter Ed. Alan Rosenberg and Joseph Westfall  

(Bloomsbury) Review for The Agonist – A Nietzsche Circle Journal 2018 Fall Issue,  

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PRESENTATIONS

Keynote :

“Ideological Vulnerability and the Philosophy of Race” McMaster University Graduate  

Philosophy conference, Hamilton, Canada, 2017.  

Conference Presentations:

“Another Brick in the Wall: The Madhyamaka Buddhist Approach to Anger” 

Walls: Thinking Through Insularity, the 12th East/West Philosopher’s Conference (EWPC) May 22-29, 2021,  

“Anger’s Role in Peace and Justice” Panel at the 2021 American Philosophical Association Central Conference, New Orleans, February 24, 2021,  

“The Quechua: The Unintelligibility of self, Skillful Mourning, and Non-Violence” Concerned Philosophers for Peace Group Session at the 2021 American Philosophical Association Eastern Conference, New York, Jan 4-7, 2021 

“Whiteness as a Racial identity”  

Organized with Bentley University Worldview and Global Perspective initiative and the Black United Body Organization, Bentley University, February 2020. 

 “Skin Deep: The Sexualized Psychoanalytic/Foucauldian Subject, Political Agency, and Brian Glazer’s Under the Skin” 

Society for the Philosophic Study of the Contemporary Visual Arts Group session, American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, Chicago, February 26-29, 2020 

 “Reparations and Affirmative action in the USA and Africa”  

Public seminar organized with Bentley University Worldview and Global Perspective initiative, Bentley University, November 2019.  

“Can Anger be Justified? Ārya Śāntideva on Anger and its Antidotes” 

Concerned Philosophers for Peace 32nd Annual Conference University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, October 18-20, 2019 

“Embracing Chullachaqui: Ciro Guerra's Embrace of The Serpent and Judith Butler’s Post-Colonial Ethics”  

Society for the Philosophic Study of the Contemporary Visual Arts Group session, American Philosophical Association Western Division Meeting, Vancouver, February 2019 

“Mourning Chullachaqui: Sanctifying Genocidal Loss Through a Heideggerian Reading of Ciro Guerra's Embrace of The Serpent,"  

Society for the Philosophic Study of the Contemporary Visual Arts Group session, American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, Denver, February 2019 

“Becoming Chickadee: Chief Plenty Coups’ Anti-Genocidal Ethics”  

Concerned Philosophers for Peace 31st Annual Conference University of Colorado, Boulder, October 18-20, 2018  

“Cynical Apocalypticism: The Zombie Myth,”  

Society for the Philosophic Study of the Contemporary Visual Arts Colloquium, American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, Chicago, February 2018. 

“The Merits of Racial Satire,”  

Uehiro Cross Currents comparative philosophy conference, University of Hawai’i at Manôa, March 2017.  

“The Politics of Teaching Politics,”  

Social Justice in the Classroom conference University of New Mexico, October 2017. 

“Ironic Feminism, Cynicism, and Popular culture”  

37th Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association conference, Albuquerque NM, February 2016. 

“The socio-political implications of Śāntideva’s Bodhicaryāvatāra”  

Interdisciplinary Religion and Politics Colloquia, University of New Mexico, March, 2015. 

“The Rise of Cynical Irony”  

Uehiro Cross Currents comparative Philosophy conference, University of Hawai’i at Manôa, March 2015. 

“Addressing Contemporary Cynicism,”  

Uehiro Cross Currents comparative philosophy conference, University of Hawai’i at Manôa, March 2014. 

“Emptiness and Compassion: Creating the Appropriate Context for Śūnyatā-Yoga,” 

Uehiro Cross Currents comparative Philosophy conference, University of Hawai’i at Manôa, March 2013.  

Invited lecturer:  

“Language, Identity, and Ethics in Heidegger, Arendt, and Butler” Curry College, Philosophy capstone, January 2019.  

 “The Philosophy of the Bhāgavad Gīta” Curry College, September 2018 

“The pre-Mahāyāna and Mahāyāna notion of the Bodhisattva and the Bodhisattva ideal” University of New Mexico, February 2015 

 “Yogācāra, Vasubandhu, and Idealism” University of New Mexico, November 2014 

TEACHING

Instructor of Record:

Philosophy 3200: Life, Death, and Philosophy (1 section) 

Philosophy 320: Junior Ethics (2 sections) 

Philosophy 2600: The Philosophy of Beauty (scheduled, Spring 2021) 

Philosophy 2500: The Philosophy of Emotion (scheduled, Spring 2021) 

Philosophy 2300: Philosophy and Popular Culture (2 sections; 1 ftf, 1 hiflex) 

English 220: Expository Writing (2 sections)  

Philosophy 2100: Social and Political Philosophy (1 section hybrid) 

Philosophy 2145: The Philosophy of Sex and Gender (1 section hybrid) 

Philosophy 2120: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life (4 sections; 3 ftf, 1 hiflex) 

Philosophy 2100: Greek Philosophy (1 section) 

Philosophy 2100: Ethics (4 sections; 2 ftf, 2 online) 

Philosophy 156: Reasoning and Critical Thinking (8 sections) 

English 120: Composition III (6 sections: 5 ftf, 1 online) 

Philosophy 110: Problems in Philosophy: Social, Ethical, and Political Thought (6 sections; 4 ftf, 1 hybrid. 1 online) 

English 110: Accelerated Composition (7 sections)  

Religion 107: Living World Religions (5 sections; 3 ftf, 2 online) 

Philosophy 101: Introduction to Philosophy (7 sections)  

Gen 1000: First Year Inquiry: The Lives of the Great and Not so Famous (1 section, hiflex)  

HONORS & AWARDS

Faculty Professional Advancement Fund, Curry College, May 2020 

Dean’s Fund for Professional Advancement, Curry College, May 2020 

Faculty Professional Advancement Fund, Curry college, March 2020 

Dean’s Fund for Professional Advancement, Curry College, March 2020 

Dean's Fund for Professional Advancement, Curry College 2019 

Faculty Professional Advancement Fund, Curry College, 2018 

Gwen J. Barrett Memorial Dissertation Completion Fellowship, UNM, 2017.  

Philosophy Travel Award, UNM, 2017. 

Conference award, University of Hawai’i at Manôa, 2017. 

Graduate Education Office Student Conference Presentation award, UNM, 2015. 

Student Research Grant, Graduate and Professional Student Association, UNM, 2015. 

Presenter award – Uehiro Foundation, University of Hawai’i at Manôa 2015. 

Philosophy Travel Award, UNM, 2015.  

Presenter award – Uehiro Foundation, University of Hawai’i at Manôa 2014. 

Philosophy Travel Award, UNM, 2014. 

Student Research Grant, Graduate and Professional Student Association, UNM 2013. 

Presenter award – Uehiro Foundation, University of Hawai’i at Manôa 2013. 

Philosophy Travel Award, UNM, 2013. 

Philosophy Assistantship – UNM, 2009 – 2014 

Language Training Grant, Society of South Asian Studies, London, 2008. 

Jordan Fund: The University of London, 2006. 

Buddhist Language Grant, Agon Shu foundation, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, 2005.  

Full-ride means-tested low-income family scholarship, University of York, York, 2001.  

SERVICE

Women and Gender studies Committee, Curry College 2019 –  

Women and Minorities in Philosophy mentor, Curry College 2018 – 

Editor for Brill Rodopi’s Philosophy of Peace series, in conjunction with Concerned Philosophers for Peace. 

The Acorn - Reviewer 2020 -  

Ancient Philosophy (Reviewer) 2018 - 

Social Media coordinator Concerned Philosophers for Peace 2018 - 

Founder/Host/Organizer - UNM Grad student colloquia, 2014 – 2018.  

Philosophical Content Editor PlanetaryCollective, 2015 – present. 

Grading standardization study – UNM Core Writing program, UNM, 2016. 

Executive Committee “Life, Death, and Liberation” comparative philosophy conference UNM, 2012. 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Rangjung Yeshe Institute   

Concerned Philosophers for Peace  

American Philosophical Association 

Society for Phenomenological and Existential Philosophy 

Society for the Philosophic Study of the Contemporary Visual Arts 

PlanetaryCollective