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Dr. Elizabeth Grosz

Dr. Elizabeth Grosz illustration

Elizabeth McManaman Grosz
Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Undergraduate studies at Seattle University
Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Oregon

Research Interests

Dr. Grosz specializes in Asian philosophy and 19th and 20th century Continental philosophy with a special interest in feminist philosophy and philosophical psychology. Her research interests focus on relational models of selfhood. She has examined this topic through Indian and Japanese Buddhist ontologies of interdependence, Continental philosophers like G.W.F. Hegel and Simone de Beauvoir, who argue that self-consciousness is incited by the Other, and phenomenological, first person descriptions of experience from individuals suffering from schizophrenia who report a diminished sense of self due to disordered self-other relations. Her current research focuses on how relational theories of the self and an investigation of historical discourses of femininity can shed light on the phenomenon of intimate partner violence.

McDaniel Courses

  • Asian philosophy
  • Buddhist Philosophy: Masters of Mindfulness in China and Japan
  • Philosophy of Love and Sex
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • SIS: The Quest for Authenticity (a survey of Existentialism)


“Nishida and the Historical World: An Examination of Active Intuition, the Body, and Time.” Comparative and Continental Philosophy, 6.2 (Fall 2014).

“Reading Nishida through Shinran: Absolute Nothingness, Other Power, and Religious Consciousness.” Journal of Buddhist Philosophy. Ed. Gereon Kopf, forthcoming.

“Compassion (karuna).” (Co-authored with Mark Unno) in Oxford Bibliographies in Buddhism. Ed. Richard Payne. New York: Oxford University Press, http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780195393521/obo-9780195393521-0150.xml?rskey=LFtIhY&result=26&q=

 “Being-in-the-World and Schizophrenia: Three Phenomenological Approaches to Self-Experience in Schizophrenia.” In Psychology and the Other: A Dialogue at the Crossroad of an Emerging Field. Ed. David Goodman and Mark Freeman. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

Co-editor with Mark Unno. Deep Listening, Deep Hearing: Buddhisms and Psychotherapies. Co-author, “Introduction.” Boston: Wisdom Press, forthcoming.