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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Jay Goulding

Media and Culture

University   York University
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Phone Number   416-736-2100; ext 20236
Office Location   Ross Building, S739
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PhD (York), MA (York), B.A. (hons.) (McMaster)


Professor Goulding is Professor at Atkinson School of Social Sciences, York University, Toronto, Canada, where he teaches Chinese and Japanese philosophy through hermeneutic phenomenology. He has published in Beijing University’s Gate of Philosophy, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Sociological Analysis: A Journal of Comparative Religion, Political Theory, Catalyst, Anhui Normal University Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, Journal of Chinese Philosophy, China Review International, Asian Cinema and International Journal for Field Being. He contributed to Scribner's New Dictionary of the History of Ideas (2005) with entries on East Asian philosophy. In 2006, he was Visiting Lecturer at Foreign Literature Studies Institute, Beijing Foreign Studies University, and Institute of Foreign Philosophy, Beijing University. He has recently edited a volume, China-West Interculture: Toward the Philosophy of World Integration, Essays on Wu Kuang-ming’s Thinking (Global Scholarly Publications) that engages Daoism, Confucianism and Buddhism with phenomenology and Western philosophy

Research Interests

Jay Goulding specializes in the philosophies of ancient and contemporary China and Japan including Daoism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Shinto. He is interested in how these ancient philosophies manifest through popular culture today by way of the media of films and animation. The hermeneutic quest for truth alongside the phenomenological bracketing of specific life-worlds act as guiding philosophical groundings for exploring the portal between ancient and contemporary societies and between “Eastern” and “Western” cultures. He concentrates particularly on the contributions that Laozi and Zhuangzi make for the East and Martin Heidegger and Maurice Merleau-Ponty make for the West.

Five key research words:Chinese /Japanese philosophy, hermeneutics, phenomenology

Selected Publications

(forthcoming) ed. China-West Interculture, Toward the Philosophy of World Integration: Essays on Wu Kuang-ming’s Thinking for The Association of Chinese Philosophers in America (ACPA) Series on Chinese and Comparative Philosophy, NY: Global Scholarly Publications (forthcoming) 336 pgs.

(forthcoming) “Wagner’s Wangbi Trilogy on the Laozi” China Review International.

(forthcoming) “Moeller’s Philosophy of Daodejing” China Review International.

(forthcoming) “Merleau-Ponty and Asian Philosophy: The Double Walk of Buddhism And Daoism” for Jin Young Park and Gereon Kopf (eds.) Merleau-Ponty and Buddhism Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

(forthcoming) “Hwa Yol Jung’s East Asian Philosophy and Phenomenology” for Jin Young Park (ed.) Political Theory and Cross-Cultural Philosophy: Essays in honor of Hwa Yol Jung Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

2008 “Cheng Chung-ying’s Onto-cosmology: Chinese Philosophy and Hermeneutic Phenomenology” for Ng On-cho (ed.) The Imperative of Understanding: Chinese Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy, and Onto-Hermeneutics New York: Global Scholarly Publications.
2007 “New Ways Toward Sino-Western Philosophical Dialogues” Journal of Chinese Philosophy Special Issue on “Contemporary Chinese Hermeneutic Philosophy,” Lauren Pfister (ed.), vol. 34, #1, March pp. 99-125.
2007 “Zhang Wei’s “Heidegger, Rorty, and the Eastern Thinkers: A Hermeneutics of Cross-Cultural Understanding” Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy vol 6, #2 pp. 206-209.
2006 “Crossroads of Experience: Miyazaki Hayao’s Global/Local Nexus” Asian Cinema vol. 17, #2, pp. 114-123.
2006 “Canada: The Soul of Japan Through Anime and Manga” (in Japanese) in Wochi Kochi (“Near and Far”) pp. 27-31, vol. 13, Oct-Nov. Tokyo: Japan Foundation
2005 “Perkins’ Leibniz and China: A Commerce of Light” Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy vol. 5, #1 pp. 183-187.
2005 “Moeller’s Daoism Explained: From The Dream Of The Butterfly To The Fishnet Allegory” Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy vol. 4, #2 pp. 383-387.
2004 “Neville’s Boston Confucianism” Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy vol. 4, #1 pp. 193-196.
2004 “Zhang Dainian’s Key Concepts in Chinese Philosophy” Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy vol. 3, #2 pp. 262-266.
2004 “James Sellmann’s Timing and Rulership in Master Lü’s Spring and Autumn Annals” Journal of Chinese Philosophy vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 305-309.
2004 “Xiong Wei: Chinese Philosophy and Hermeneutic Phenomenology” Gate of Philosophy, Beijing University’s Journal of Philosophy Special 90th Anniversary of the Dept. of Philosophy, vol. 5, pp. 116-130.
2003 “Wu Kuang-ming’s Chinese Body Thinking: A Cultural Hermeneutic” Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy vol. 2, #2 pp. 350-353.
2002 Chenyang Li’s The Tao Encounters the West” Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy vol. 2, #1 pp. 166-171.
2002 “New Dimensions of Confucian and Neo-Confucian Philosophy” in Vrinda Dalmiya and Xinyan Jiang (ed.) American Philosophical Association: Newsletter on The Status of Asian/ Asian American Philosophers and Philosophies Spring vol. 1, No. 2 pp. 54-56.
2002 “Cheng Chung-ying’s New Dimension: Chinese Philosophy and Phenomenology” Journal of Anhui Normal University: Humanities and Social Sciences vol. 30, #3 May pp. 278-281 (in Chinese).

Current Research Projects:

Completing a book Popular Cultures, East and West that compares and contrasts Chinese, Japanese and Western philosophies of culture in both ancient and contemporary perspectives

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Harold [Innis] taught us how to use the bias of culture and communication as an instrument of research. By directing attention to the bias, or distorting power of the dominant imagery and technology of any culture, he showed us how to understand cultures.
~ Marshall McLuhan