Thomas Kasulis

Thomas Kasulis

Thomas Kasulis

Professor Emeritus, Department of Comparative Studies


451 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Rd.
Columbus, OH

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  • Ph.D. Yale University

Thomas Kasulis is past Chair of the Department of Comparative Studies and also of the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures.He was also the founding director of OSU's Institute for Collaborative Research and Public Humanities. He has written numerous books and scholarly articles on Japanese religious thought and Western philosophy, including Zen Action/Zen Person (University of Hawaii Press, 1989) and Shinto: The Way Home (University of Hawaii Press, 2004). He has co-edited for SUNY Press a three-volume series comparing Asian and Western ideas of self in different cultural arenas: Self as Body in Asian Theory and Practice (1993), Self as Person in Asian Theory and Practice (1994), and Self as Image in Asian Theory and Practice (1998), as well as The Recovery of Philosophy in America: Essays in Honor of John Edwin Smith (1997). He is the author of Intimacy or Integrity: Philosophy and Cultural Difference (University of Hawaii Press, 2002), a comparative cultural philosophy of relationship based on his Gilbert Ryle Lectures of 1998. He is currently working on a short history of Japanese philosophy and coediting an accompanying sourcebook of readings from Japanese philosophyHe teaches courses listed in Comparative Studies, Philosophy, and East Asian Languages and Literatures focusing on religion and philosophies of Asia, comparative religion, and philosophy of religion.


  • Comparative religion
  • Japanese religious thought and Western philosophy