Dr. Pierre-Julien Harter joins the faculty!

Departmental News

Posted: May 03, 2017 - 08:37am

The Department is pleased to welcome Dr. Pierre-Julien Harter to the UNM faculty!  Dr. Harter earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2015, and for the past year he has been an Obert C. and Grace A. Tanner Humanities Center Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Utah Tanner Humanities Center.  He will join the Department in August 2017 as the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Professor of Philosophy in Buddhist Studies.

Dr. Harter specializes in the Buddhist Philosophy of India and Tibet (particularly from the 13th to 15th century), as well as in Indian Philosophy more broadly. Given his interest in the way Buddhist philosophers reflected upon their own philosophical activity, his research focuses on themes in ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology, and on the way in which these diverse concerns are articulated into a coherent system.  Dr. Harter pursues a philosophical methodology that blends philology, history, and exegesis, and he frequently aims to put Buddhist Philosophy into dialogue with the Western canon, especially classic Greek and Latin Philosophy but also contemporary Continental Philosophy.  

During Fall 2017, Dr. Harter will teach PHIL 333: Buddhist Philosophy and PHIL *441.002: Comparative Philosophy.  You can find his descriptions of these courses here: http://philosophy.unm.edu/courses/course-descriptions/fall-2017.html