Associate Professor of the Philosophy of Religions; also in the College; Associate Faculty in South Asian Languages and Civilizations
MA (Columbia University)
MA (Iliff School of Theology)
PhD (University of Chicago)
Dan Arnold is a scholar of Indian Buddhist philosophy, which he engages constructively and comparatively, understanding Buddhist philosophers in conversation with rival Indian philosophers as well as contemporary philosophers. His first book – Buddhists, Brahmins, and Belief: Epistemology in South Asian Philosophy of Religions (Columbia University Press, 2005) – won an American Academy of Religion Book Award. His second, Brains, Buddhas, and Believing: The Problem of Intentionality in Classical Buddhist and Cognitive-Scientific Philosophy of Mind (Columbia, 2012), was awarded the Numata Book Prize in Buddhism. He is nearing completion of an anthology of original translations from Buddhist philosophers of India’s Madhyamaka school, to be published in the series Historical Sourcebooks in Classical Indian Thought. His work has been published in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Review of Books, and also in refereed journals from Philosophy East & West to Religion, Brain & Behavior, as well as in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and in numerous edited volumes including the “Oxford Handbooks” of Indian Philosophy and of Buddhist Ethics.
Together with Cécile Ducher and Divinity School alumnus Pierre-Julien Harter, he has edited a Festschrift volume entitled Reasons and Lives in Buddhist Traditions: Studies in Honor of Matthew Kapstein, to be published in late 2019 by Wisdom Publications.
Professor Arnold received the Toshihide Numata Book Prize in Buddhism, awarded by the Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley for his 2012 title, Brains, Buddhas, and Believing: The Problem of Intentionality in Classical Buddhist and Cognitive-Scientific Philosophy of Mind. The "Toshi" Prize is awarded on an annual basis to an outstanding book in any area of Buddhist studies.