University Lecturer Indian and Comparative Philosophy
Stephen Harris is a University Lecturer at the Institute for Philosophy.
Fields of interest
- Indian Philosophy
- Buddhist Ethics
- Ethical Theory
- Ancient Philosophy (Indian, Chinese and Greek)
My research focuses on Indian philosophical texts, in particular Buddhist moral philosophy, and their conceptual relationship to issues investigated in contemporary philosophy. Current interests include moral demandingness in the writing of the 8th century Indian Buddhist philosopher, Śāntideva, and cross-cultural study of well-being.
Other interests include comparative virtue theory, the role of suffering in ethical theory and the relation between personal identity and ethics. My research is also influenced by phenomenology, as well as ancient philosophy, including Chinese and Greek thought.
I teach courses on comparative and Asian philosophy, as well as ethics and the history of philosophy, at the Institute for Philosophy in Leiden, as well as Leiden University College and the International B.A. program, both located in The Hague.
Dr. Harris received his PhD from the philosophy department at the University of New Mexico in the U.S. Before coming to Leiden University, he was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He has articles published or forthcoming by the journals Contemporary Pragmatism, The Journal of Buddhist Ethics, Philosophy East and West, Asian Philosophy and Sophia.
- Harris S.E. (2018), Altruism in the Charnel Ground: Śāntideva and Parfit on Anātman, Reductionism and Benevolence. In: G. Davis (Ed.) Ethics without Self, Dharma without Atman: Western and Buddhist Philosophical Traditions in Dialogue.: Springer.
- Harris S.E. (2018), A Nirvana that is Burning in Hell: Pain and Flourishing in Mahayana. Buddhist Moral Thought, Sophia: International Journal of Philosophy and Traditions .
- Harris S.E. (2018), Promising Across Lives to Save Non-Existent Beings: Identity, Rebirth and the Bodhisattva’s Vow, Philosophy East and West 68(2): 386-407.
- Harris S.E. (2017), The Skillful Handling of Poison: Bodhicitta and the Kleśas in Śāntideva’s Bodhicaryāvatāra, Journal of Indian Philosophy 45: 331-348.
- Harris S.E. (2016), Disability and Indian Buddhism. In: Darla Y. Schumm and Michael Stoltzfus (Ed.) Disability and World Religion: An Introduction.: Baylor University Press. 25-45.
- Harris S.E. (2016), Where does the Cetanic Break Take Place? Weakness of Will in Śāntideva’s Bodhicaryāvatāra, Comparative Philosophy 7(2): 26-43.
- Harris S.E. (2015), Demandingness, Well-Being and the Bodhisattva Path, Sophia: International Journal of Philosophy and Traditions 54(2): 201-216.
- Harris S.E. (2015), On the Classification of Śāntideva’s Ethics in the Bodhicaryāvatāra, Philosophy East and West 65(1): 249-275.
- Harris S.E. (2015), Review of Stephen C. Angle and Michael Slote (ed.), Virtue Ethics and Confucianism. Review of: Stephen C. Angle and Michael Slote (2013) Virtue Ethics and Confucianism, 10(1): 148-152.
- Harris S.E. (2014), Suffering and the Shape of Well-Being in Buddhist Ethics, Asian Philosophy 24(3): 242-259.
- Harris S.E. (2011), Does Anātman Rationally Entail Altruism? On Bodhicaryāvatāra 8:101-103, Journal of Buddhist Ethics 18: 93-123.
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