Encounters of Mind
The department is greeting the recent release of Doug Berger’s newest book, ENCOUNTERS OF MIND: Luminosity and Personhood in Indian and Chinese Thought. The work, which discusses the migration of Buddhist ideas on awareness and personhood from India to China during the sixth century, appears in the SUNY series in Chinese philosophy and culture. For a look at the table of contents and to read the first chapter—how great is that?—visit http://www.sunypress.edu/p-5993-encounters-of-mind.aspx .
From the press summary: “Berger follows the transforming path of conceptions of the luminosity of consciousness and the perfectibility of personhood in order to bring into clearer relief the history of Indian and Chinese philosophical dialogue, as well as in the hope that such dialogue will be reignited.”
Dialogue on just these sorts of issues has been furthered by the department having become a popular host for the Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought, which brings scholars from across the U.S. and from around the world to SIU.
Professor Berger returns from sabbatical this fall, to assume duties as departmental Chairperson, as well as to continue his scholarship and teaching.