Dr. Matthew MacKenzie is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Philosophy at Colorado State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Hawai’i, Mānoa, where he studied Indian, Western, and Chinese philosophy. He has taught at CSU since 2008.
Dr. MacKenzie specializes in Buddhist philosophy, classical Indian philosophy, and the philosophy of mind, and regularly teaches courses in those and related areas. His primary research is at the intersection of Buddhist philosophy and contemporary philosophy of mind, with a special focus on consciousness, self-consciousness, embodiment, and the self. He has published articles in venues such as Philosophy East and West, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, Journal of Consciousness Studies, and Asian Philosophy. He has contributed chapters to numerous volumes including, The Oxford Handbook of Virtue; Self, No-Self? Perspectives from Analytical, Phenomenological, and Indian Traditions; and The Bloomsbury Handbook of Indian Epistemology and Metaphysics. He is currently completing a book, tentatively titled, “Embodied Luminosity: Indian Buddhism and the Embodied Mind.”
Dr. MacKenzie sees philosophy as a polycentric global enterprise and has devoted his scholarship to building bridges between traditions with the goal of developing a pluralistic, cosmopolitan approach to contemporary philosophy. He also brings this cosmopolitan approach to teaching. He sees his primary role as a teacher is to bring students into an on-going global conversation about some of the most fundamental and important questions human beings can ask. His fundamental aim in teaching is to foster broader perspective and deeper reflection in his students and himself.
Dr. MacKenzie is very excited to participate in the fall 2018 voyage. He is especially happy to have his partner, Dr. Ashby Butnor, and their two young sons along for the adventure.