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Robert Magliola is an academic specializing in European hermeneutics and deconstruction, in comparative philosophy, and in inter-religious dialogue. He is retired from National Taiwan University and from Assumption University of Thailand.
Robert Magliola (Ph.D., Princeton University, 1970, in comparative literature with specialty and dissertation in phenomenology/hermeneutics, see diss. in microform format, here), is retired from the (interfaith-) Graduate School of Philosophy and Religions, Abac Assumption University (Thailand), where he was professor of philosophy and religious studies; and from National Taiwan University, where he was distinguished chair professor in the Graduate School of Liberal Arts. In 1983-84, he taught and researched at Tamkang University in Taiwan while on sabbatical from Purdue University, where he had taught since 1969 and been a (full) professor since 1981. In 1985 he moved to the Orient, taking up residence there en permanence. He continued publication in Buddhism and deconstruction and also did interdisciplinary writing and conferencing on postmodernism (in literature and Religious Studies) throughout this period. A Carmelite lay tertiary (1982–present), he began to write more extensively both on the application of Derridean thought-motifs to Catholic theology, and on Catholic meditation (see Christian Meditation and see Contemplation), making an invited presentation in 1999 on ‘Catholic Meditation in Tibetan Vajrayana Form’ for the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Federation of Asian Bishops Councils (See Proceedings for 2nd Day, Feb. 2, 1999, here).
In Thailand since 1994, he researched Theravada Buddhism and also underwent training in Vipassanā-Satipatthana meditation (Wat Mahathat, Bangkok). He organized and chaired the Thai delegation of Buddhist and Catholic scholars from Assumption University to the quadrennial international meetings of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies (1996, 2000), having begun presenting papers there in 1992. After a return of two years to teaching in Taiwan, he formally retired from university teaching as of summer, 2002, and currently lives in the United States of America where his three children, Lorinda-marie, Jon-carlo, and Clara-marie, and his several grandchildren reside. Since 2002, he has taught minicourses (see course information, Global Family for Love and Peace, here), organized forums, and been an interfaith retreatant at the Manhattan (NYC) Center of the Wu Sheng Monastery, Ling Jiou Shan Buddhist Society, Kung-Liao, Taiwan (2002–2005) [the Manhattan Center closed in 2005 and moved to Oakland Garden, Queens, NYC]. From 2002 through 2007 he has been a co-editor (see some of these edited books, here) for volumes in the book-series “Seminars on Culture and Values” for the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. He contributes his services as co-editor (2008- ) of the DES Journal (3 issues a year; c. 20,000 circulation), academic review of Delta Epsilon Sigma, national scholastic honor society for students/faculty/alumni of Catholic colleges and universities (see websites and ). He continues as a Seminar Associate (2002–present) of the Seminar in Buddhist Studies (a faculty and graduate student forum), Columbia University, and also participates in another forum there, the University Seminar in Comparative Philosophy. Concurrently he has been making trips to Italy with an eye toward implementing a project in Rome.
Dr. Robert Magliola [Roberto Rino Magliola] (born 1940) is a specialist in European hermeneutics and deconstruction, in comparative philosophy, and in Buddhist - (Roman) Catholic dialogue () ; see also Buddhism and Roman Catholic Church. He is widely acknowledged to be the first scholar to have identified and published at length (Derrida on the Mend, 1984) on possible intersections between Jacques Derrida’s thought and Buddhism, especially Madhyamika Buddhism and its generally accepted “founder,” Nagarjuna:
For other references to Derrida on the Mend making a similar point, see Harold Coward (Derrida and Indian Philosophy, State U. of New York Press, 1990, p. 125), Dennis McCort (Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Vol. 71, No. 1 (2003), p. 225 (See review, here), and Ellen Y. Zhang (“Jizang’s Śūnyatā-Speech: A Derridean Dénégation with Buddhist Negations,” in Buddhisms and Deconstructions, ed. Park, p. 116).
Brian Bock and Youxuan Wang point out, in their “Signs of Liberation?—A Semiotic Approach to Wisdom in Chinese Madhyamika Buddhism,” The Journal of Chinese Philosophy, Vol. 33, No. 3 (Sept. 2006) (See article in Ingenta, here), that Derrida on the Mend also works with the Chan/Zen form of Buddhism, pioneering the comparison of this Far Eastern tradition and several Western semiotic themes: “As early as 1984, certain semiotic themes in Chinese Chan Buddhism were picked up in Robert Magliola, Derrida on the Mend, . . . .”
Robert Magliola's books in Hermeneutics, Deconstruction, Religious Studies, and an equitable selection of negative, positive, and mixed reviews thereof, some of which are accessible online:
Phenomenology and Literature (Purdue University Press, 1977, 2nd printing 1978), 208 pp.
“Now at last we get a book which seeks to introduce the Anglo-Saxon reader systematically to phenomenological literary theory and practice, placing both in their philosophical habitat. It is an understatement to say that the book fulfills a glaring need.”--Review by W. Wolfgang Holdheim in Diacritics Vol. 9, No. 2 (summer 1979), p. 10: see review in JSTOR, here.
Derrida on the Mend (Purdue University Press, 1984; 2nd edition, 1986), 238 pp. Reprint, Purdue University Press, 2000: see in Purdue Online catalogue, here.
On Deconstructing Life-Worlds: Buddhism, Christianity, Culture (Scholars Press, American Academy of Religion, 1997; Oxford University Press, 2000), 266 pp.: see in Oxford UP-USA online catalogue,here.
---Buddhist-Christian Studies Database (BCSD), Boston College: Annotation of those contributions in Buddhisms and Deconstructions which pertain to Buddhist-Christian encounter-- see pertaining BCSD entries, here.
---Steven Heine, review in H-Net Reviews in Humanities and Social Sciences (posted Nov., 2006, published by H-Buddhism): see review (FULL TEXT) here.
---Francis X. Clooney, S.J., review in Buddhist-Christian Studies, Vol. 27 (2007), pp. 182–187: see review here.
---Tao Jiang, review in Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Vol. 75, No. 1, pp. 191–194: see review here.
--Joseph S. O’Leary, review of articles in Wang's anthology, above, in H-Net Reviews in Humanities and Social Sciences (posted February 2008, published by H-Buddhism) see review (FULL TEXT) here.
see review in JSTOR, here .
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