Heesoon Bai

Faculty of Education

Research Interests

Following Raimon Panikkar’s (1918-2010) lead, I understand philosophy’s task for today’s troubled world to be “to know, to love, and to heal.” I bring this three-fold task of philosophy into my teaching and research.

My current research interests cluster around examining and deconstructing ontological and epistemological assumptions that underlie our cultural practices, our ethics and aesthetics. In my work I call for reanimation of our selves within all spheres of human beingness in the service of living ethically and in beauty. Ethics and aesthetics are one. Through contemplative inquiry and practices, such as Zen, I offer ways to experiment with replenishing, nourishing, and animating our being.