Michael HarringtonAssociate Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
College Hall 328
Education:Ph.D., Philosophy, Boston College, 2001
M.A., Classics, Dalhousie University, 1997
B.A., St. John's College, 1995
Michael Harrington works primarily on medievalism in both its Western and Eastern forms. He looks at the genesis of medieval philosophy in Late Antique Neoplatonists such as Iamblichus, Augustine, and Dionysius the Areopagite, and how their texts and practices percolate through a commentary tradition that stretches over the next thousand years. In the field of Chinese philosophy, he looks at how the Song and Ming dynasty Confucians appropriate certain Buddhist and Daoist concepts to form what later Chinese philosopher Hu Shi refers to as a Chinese Middle Ages. Finally, he looks at how certain medieval concepts remain at play in contemporary philosophy, especially in the spiritual exercises of Pierre Hadot and François Jullien, and in the philosophy of place.
He is currently working on three projects: 1) a monograph on Gothic philosophy, which will treat the philosophy of the Latin Middle Ages as a structure rather than a content-a structure for buildings and books as well as texts; 2) a monograph on the Song dynasty Confucian philosopher Cheng Yi; 3) a textbook for students in his Yoga Philosophy and Practice course, applying classical Sanskrit and Chinese concepts to the practice of modern postural yoga.
Courses taught above the 100 level:
Yoga Philosophy and Practice (PHIL 237)
Asian Thought (PHIL 280)
Augustine and Dionysius (PHIL 606)
Confucianism and Zen (PHIL 310/402W)
Confucianism: Philosophy of Change (PHIL 608)
Dionysius and His Interpreters (PHIL 635)
Gothic Philosophy (PHIL 496/570)
Medieval Philosophy (PHIL 301)
Medieval Women Philosophers (PHIL 624)
Rethinking Place (PHIL 552)
On the Divine Names: The Thirteenth-Century Textbook Edition (Leuven: Peeters, forthcoming).
The Yi River Commentary on the Book of Changes (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, forthcoming).
On the Ecclesiastical Hierarchy: The Thirteenth-Century Textbook Edition (Leuven: Peeters, 2011).
Sacred Place in Early Medieval Neoplatonism (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).
A Thirteenth-Century Textbook of Mystical Theology at the University of Paris (Leuven: Peeters, 2004).
Recent Articles and Book Chapters:
"The Divine Name of Wisdom in the Dionysian Commentary Tradition." Dionysius XXXV (2017): 105-133.
"Roots of Scientific Objectivity in the Quaestiones ad Thalassium." In Maximus the Confessor as a European Philosopher, edited by Sotiris Mitralexis, Georgios Steiris, Marcin Podbielski, and Sebastian Lalla, 131-139. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2017.
"A Confucian Slippery Slope Argument." Confucian Academy: Chinese Thought and Culture Review 4:1 (2017): 89-101. Also published in Chinese: 儒家的 "滑坡论证." 孔学堂 4:1 (2017): 78-86.
"Principle and Place: Complementary Concepts in Confucian Yijing Commentary." Philosophy East and West 66:3 (2016): 861-82.
"Church Walls and Wilderness Boundaries: Defining the Spaces of Sanctuary," in Toward an Ecology of Transfiguration: Orthodox Christian Perspectives on Environment, Nature, and Creation (New York: Fordham University Press, 2013), 235-42.
"The Emperor Julian's Use of Neoplatonic Philosophy and Religion," in Religion and Philosophy in the Platonic and Neoplatonic Traditions: from Antiquity to the Early Medieval Period (Sankt Augustine: Akademie Verlag, 2012), 65-79.
"What Are the ‘Hypothetical Logoi' of Dionysian Mystical Theology?" in Studia Patristica XLVIII (2010): 177-82.