Brook A. Ziporyn

Professor of Chinese Religion, Philosophy, and Comparative Thought



PhD (University of Michigan)


Brook A. Ziporyn is a scholar of ancient and medieval Chinese religion and philosophy. Professor Ziporyn received his BA in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago, and his PhD from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the Divinity School faculty, he has taught Chinese philosophy and religion at the University of Michigan (Department of East Asian Literature and Cultures), Northwestern University (Department of Religion and Department of Philosophy), Harvard University (Department of East Asian Literature and Civilization) and the National University of Singapore (Department of Philosophy).

Ziporyn is the author of six published books: Evil And/Or/As the Good: Omnicentric Holism, Intersubjectivity and Value Paradox in Tiantai Buddhist Thought (Harvard, 2000), The Penumbra Unbound: The Neo-Taoist Philosophy of Guo Xiang (SUNY Press, 2003), Being and Ambiguity: Philosophical Experiments With Tiantai Buddhism (Open Court, 2004); Zhuangzi: The Essential Writings with Selections from Traditional Commentaries (Hackett, 2009); Ironies of Oneness and Difference: Coherence in Early Chinese Thought; Prolegomena to the Study of Li (SUNY Press, 2012); and Beyond Oneness and Difference: Li and Coherence in Chinese Buddhist Thought and its Antecedents (SUNY Press, 2013).  His seventh book, Emptiness and Omnipresence: The Lotus Sutra and Tiantai Buddhism, will be published by Indiana University Press in 2016.   He is currently working on a cross-cultural inquiry into the themes of death, time and perception, tentatively entitled Against Being Here Now, as well as a book-length exposition of atheism as a form of religious and mystical experience in the intellectual histories of Europe, India and China.

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Current and Upcoming Courses

Philosophy of Religions

DVPR 39702 Studies in Chan (Zen) Buddhism: Recorded Sayings of Yunmen, Chaozhou, Linji, et al.

DVPR 44802 Readings in Daoism: Zhuangzi and Zhuangzi Commentary

DVPR 44902 Studies in Atheist Spirituality: Schopenhauer+Emerson=Nietzsche?

DVPR 45301 Readings in Tiantai Buddhism: Meditation Texts

DVPR 46502 Studies in Atheist Spirituality: “Godless Epiphanies East and West” Workshopping: A Manuscript in Comparative Philosophy of Religion

DVPR 46602 Classical Confucianism from Confucius to Yinyang and the Philosophy of Change

DVPR 51502 Readings in Tiantai Buddhism: The Doctrine of Ineradicable Evil in the Buddha-Nature, and The Shanjia/Shanwai Schism