As an associated faculty member of Gallatin, Joseph Thometz teaches courses in the history and comparative philosophy of religions. His teaching interests include the epistemology of religious experience, Jewish and Christian mystical traditions, the philosophical foundations of Mahayana Buddhism, Vedanta, as well as intersections between religion and postmodern thought. Language and its expressive limits continues to serve as a thematic lens for his investigations into the philosophies of Ludwig Wittgenstein, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Marguerite Porete, Pseudo-Dionysius and Nagarjuna. He has developed and taught a range of interdisciplinary courses including "Subjectivity in Global Perspective," "Philosophy of Religion," and “Religion and the Death of God." Building on a Fulbright Research Fellowship to the United Kingdom (2007), he is in the process of expanding into a book his published prolegomenon, “Speaking With and Away: What the Aporia of Ineffability has to Say for Buddhist-Christian Dialogue” (U. of Hawaii). Joseph currently serves as a full-time member of the Global Liberal Studies faculty, and teaches courses in the great books of the Western and Asian traditions.
B.A. Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, 1985 M.A. Philosophy, San Francisco State University, 1993 Ph.D. Religion, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, 2002