Rigsby Curtis Andrew
Japanese Religion and Culture, Philosophy, Comparative Thought
My research focuses on Japanese philosophy, especially modern developments such as the Kyoto School surrounding Kitarō Nishida. In particular, I have examined Japanese theories of ultimate explanation, such as the character of divinity, including practical ramifications. Correspondingly, I examine dialogue between traditions and the potential contributions they can make to solving real problems in contemporary life.
What are the foundations of reality? What is beauty and value? How should we live? Why do people see the world differently and why do people form different ways of living? Are there commonalities between different cultures and religions? Are differences between people impediments or strengths? My own efforts struggling with these questions are at the core of why I think university experience is so precious, and are also a primary reason why I have studied Japan.