About the Author
DAVID JONES is professor of philosophy, editor of Comparative and Continental Philosophy (Equinox) and East-West Connections, director of the Atlanta Center for Asian Studies, and has been visiting professor of Confucian Classics at Emory. His current books include The Fractal Self and the Evolution of God with John L. Culliney and Zhu Xi Now: Contemporary Encounters with the Great Ultimate (State University of New York Press), edited with He Jinli. He is co-editor of Asian Texts - Asian Contexts: Encountering the Philosophies and Religions of Asia (State University of New York Press, 2009) and editor of Confucius Now: Contemporary Encounters with the Analects (Open Court, 2008) and Buddha Nature and Animality (Jain, 2007). A past president of the Southeast Regional of the Association of Asian Studies and present president of the Comparative & Continental Philosophy Circle, he was the East-West Center's Distinguished Alumnus in 2004-2005. JASON M. WIRTH is associate professor of philosophy at Seattle University. His books include a translation of Schelling's The Ages of the World (State University of New York Press, 2000), The Conspiracy of Life: Meditations on Schelling and his Time (State University of New York Press, 2003), and the edited volume, Schelling Now (Indiana, 2004). He is currently finishing a book on Milan Kundera and an edited volume with Bret Davis and Brian Schroeder on the interface between Continental Philosophy and the Kyoto School. He is associate editor of the journal Comparative and Continental Philosophy, and he publishes in the areas of Continental philosophy, Buddhist philosophy, aesthetics, and Africana philosophy. MICHAEL SCHWARTZ is professor of history and philosophy of art at Augusta State University and associate editor of the journal Comparative and Continental Philosophy. He has published and lectured widely, in both the United States and Europe, in the fields of continental philosophy, art history and historiography, aesthetics and art philosophy, contemplative studies, and systems theory. In addition, Michael is on the Board of Directors of The Forge Institute, serving as that institution's director of Public Outreach Programs as well as a leader in (and co-founder of) a variety of academic and service organizations.