CURRICULUM VITAE

Hans W. Gruenig, Ph.D.
Department of Philosophy /
Asian Studies Program
Tulane University

Education

Ph.D. in Philosophy
Tulane University
2009

Ph.D. Granted By: Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Dissertation Fellowship: Murphy Institute's Center for Ethics and Public Affairs
Research Fellowship: Freie Universität Berlin
Graduate Fellowship: Tulane University's Department of Philosophy
Mortar Board: Award for Outstanding Teaching
Omicron Delta Kappa: Award for Leadership
Dissertation Topic: Heidegger and Personal Transformation
GPA: 4.0

M.A. in Philosophy
Tulane University
2006

M.A. Granted By: Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Hurricane Katrina
Fall 2005 Semester
Visiting Graduate Student at the
University of California at Berkeley
(with Hubert Dreyfus & Hans Sluga)

M.A. in Philosophy & Religion
California Institute of Integral Studies
1998

M.A. Granted By: California Institute of Integral Studies,
San Francisco, CA
Additional Coursework: University of California at Berkeley
(with Hubert Dreyfus & Hans Sluga)

B.A. in Philosophy and German
University of Vermont
1992

B.A. Granted By: University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Additional Coursework: Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg, Germany
Scholarship: Ayling-Travelli Tuition Scholarship (4 yrs)
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa / Dean's List / Cum Laude

Areas of Specialization

Asian Philosophy (Buddhism)
Continental Philosophy (Heidegger)
Happiness & Human Flourishing
Metaphysics / Philosophies of the Self
Comparative Philosophy

Areas of Interest & Competence

Environmental Ethics
Ancient Philosophy
Philosophy of Religion

Teaching Appointments

Visiting Faculty
2017
Doshisha University
UNO-Japan
Adjunct Assistant Professor
2011-2018
Tulane University
Visiting Assistant Professor
2010-2012
Tulane University
Adjunct Assistant Professor
2009-2010
Tulane University
Graduate Fellow Instructor
2000-2004
Tulane University

Service Activities

* Pioneered Service Learning Courses for Tulane's Philosophy Department;
* Pioneered Student Flourishing Initiatives resulting in new courses;
* Volunteer work with Tibetan Refugees in Dharmsala, India, participating in what has become Tulane's popular Compassion in Action program;
* Invited Designated Speaker helping to prepare New Orleans for the Dalai Lama's visit;
* Invited Panelist at President Clinton's Focus The Nation Conference at Tulane;
* Invited Professor for the Tulane Intellectual Connector program, which is designed to connect "top students with top faculty".

Courses Taught

TIDE 1003
Happiness & Human Flourishing (TIDES) *
PHIL 1020 Philosophies of the Self
SOWK 2130 Happiness & Human Flourishing
PHIL 3500
Buddhism *
PHIL 3500H Honors Buddhism
ASTA 3810 Intro to Asian Philosophy
PHIL 3895 Service Learning
PHIL 3931 Developments in Buddhism *
PHIL 4990 Honors Thesis Advising
PHIL 6920
Buddhist Philosophy
Graduate Level Independent Study
MLAR 7193 Happiness & Human Flourishing Seminar
Graduate Level Course
MLAR 7215 Asian Philosophy
Graduate Level Course

* Service Learning Courses developed for these courses
in conjunction with Tulane's Center for Public Service

Presentations

"Reclaiming Sensual Pleasure and Conditional Happiness in Theravada Buddhism," Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy Panel, American Philosophical Association Central Meeting (February, 2013).

"Heidegger, Ambiguity, and Context," 21st Century Heidegger International Conference, Dublin, Ireland (2010)

"Buddhist Emptiness and Physical Realism: Nagel, Putnam, and Madhyamaka," Western Emptiness Seminar, New York City (2008).

"Buddhism and Environmental Ethics," Religion and Environment Panel at the Focus the Nation Conference, New Orleans (2008).

"Buddhist Ethics and Just War Theory: On whether war can be justified from within Buddhist ethical systems,” Annual Conference of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, Asilomar (2004).

"Mental Synthesis in Hume, Kant, and Theravada Buddhism: On whether the theory of mind moments found in Theravadan sources such as the Abhidhammatha-Sangaha is susceptible to the same critique of mental synthesis that Kant applied to Hume," Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy Panel, American Academy of Religion Meeting, Denver (2001).

"Jhanasis: Meditation and Creation. Momentary noetic cosmogenesis, Genesis 1-4, and the Aggañña Sutta in light of the phenomenology of meditation as it is detailed in the Pali Canon," 4th Intl. Research Conference of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, University of Missouri-Columbia (2000).

"Postmodernism and Environmental Ethics: Deconstruction is a Double-Edged Sword," (with Michael Zimmerman) at Tulane's Interdisciplinary Scholars Network lecture series "The Local and the Global" (1999).

"On The Locus of Meaning: Disembodied Phenomenology, Embodied Phenomenology, and Existential Neurobiology," at the CIIS Philosophy and Religion Round Table (1998).

Invited Lectures

"Buddhism in Dialogue" -- Presentation to The Atlas Foundation as a Designated Speaker for the Dalai Lama's visit to New Orleans (2013).

"Mindful Medicine: Meditation, Neuroscience, and Evidence Based Wellness Practices" -- Presentation to Doctors and Medical Students at the Tulane School of Medicine " as a Designated Speaker for the Dalai Lama's visit to New Orleans (2013).

“Turnings of the Wheel: Origins of Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism.” Two guest lectures for the course World Religions, Loyola University, New Orleans

“Buddhism In Theory and Practice: The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path.” Presented to the Tulane Philosophy Society

"Buddhism's Samathavipassanayuganaddha and Vajrayana's Vajrasattva Ngondro in Theory and Practice." Guest lecture for the course Buddhism, Loyola University, New Orleans.

Languages Studied

English (Native)

German (Advanced), Pali (Advanced), French (Advanced)

Greek & Latin Etymology

Fellowships and Awards

Tulane University

Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Award
2007
Murphy Institute Dissertation Fellowship
2004-2005
Freie Universität Berlin Research Fellowship
2002-2003
Mortar Board Award for Outstanding Teaching
2001-2002
Graduate Tuition and Stipend Fellowship
1998-2002

University of Vermont

Phi Beta Kappa
1992
Ayling-Travelli Tuition Scholarship
1988-1992

Related Stations and Activities

Memberships in Professional Organizations

Member
American Philosophical Association
Current
Member
Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy
Current
Vice President
Interdisciplinary Scholars Network
2000-2001
Philosophy Liaison
Interdisciplinary Scholars Network
1998-2001

Professional Trainings: Teaching

What Do the Best University Professors Do?
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL
Summer, 2001
Bootcamp for Professors
University of Colorado
Denver, CO
Summer, 2001

Professional Activities: Buddhism & Mindfulness

Advanced Pali Language Study
Translating Buddhist Texts
Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, Oxford, UK
2016
Meditation Facilitator Training
Kanzeon Zen Center
Salt Lake City, Utah
2006
Meditation Teacher Training
Bhavana Society Monastery
High View, WV
Summer, 2003
Pali Language Study
Translating Buddhist Texts
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Summer, 2000
Founder & Instructor
Tulane Meditation Club
1999-2007
Buddhist Studies and Volunteer Work
Louisiana Himalaya Association
Dharmsala, India
Summer, 1999