Staff Directory


Robert Allinson, PhD

Professor of Philosophy

Phone: 949-480-4030

Fax: 949-480-4128


Faculty - Full-Time


  • Ph. D., Philosophy, The University of Texas at Austin with Highest Distinction in Metaphysics and Epistemology, Doctoral Advisor, Charles Hartshorne,'The Leading Metaphysician of the Twentieth Century', Encyclopaedia Britannica
  • M. A., Literature, The University of Texas at Austin
  • B. A., Philosophy and Literature, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale with Great Distinction, Honours Program

Positions Held

  • At SUA since 2004
  • 1977 - 2004, Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • 2001, Visiting Professor, Waseda University
  • 1998, Nordic Fellow, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Copenhagen
  • 1988, Visiting Professor, Peking University
  • 1988, Visiting Professor, Fudan University
  • 1983, Visiting Scholar, Soka Univeristy of Japan 

Research Interests

  • Original philosophy
  • Eastern and Western Integrative Philosophy
  • Metaphysics, Epistemology, Ethics

Selected Papers, Publications, Presentations, & Exhibits

  • Saving Human Lives, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2005
  • Chuang-Tzu for Spiritual Transformation, Jiangsu People's Press, Chinese translation, 2004; Korean translation, 2004; CD-ROM, Boulder, 2000 
  • Understanding the Chinese Mind, Oxford University Press, 2000, Tenth Impression
  • Chuang-Tzu for Spiritual Transformation, State University of New York at Albany, 1996, Sixth Impression
  • Global Disasters, Prentice-Hall, 1994
  • Contemporary Perspectives, East and West, Chinese University Press, 1988
  • "Intercultural Hermeneutics," Encyclopedia of Chinese Philosophy, 2003
  • "The General and the Master," Revue Internationale de Philosophie, 2004
  • Public Lecture, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, 2004
  • Science and Prestige Lecture, University of Canterbury, 2001

Courses Taught at SUA

  • Advanced Topics in Philosophy
  • Philosophy East and West
  • Ethical Frameworks

Selected Honors & Awards

  • Nominator, Kyoto Prize for Humanities, in Ethics and Thought, 2004
  • Erskine Fellow, The University of Canterbury, 2001
  • Visiting Fellow, Yale University, The Graduate School of Arts and Science, Department of Philosophy, 1997
  • Visiting Fellow, Oxford University, 1991
  • Senior Associate Member, St. Antony's College, Oxford University, 1987
  • Associate Member, Balliol College, Oxford University, 1987
  • Academy of American Poet's Award,.Honorable Mention, Octavio Paz, Nobel laureate, Judge, 1979

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