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Steven Geisz


Steven Geisz

Meet Steven Geisz

Chair/Professor, Philosophy

Education: 1994 University of Maryland - Baltimore County, B.A.
2000 Duke University, Ph.D.
2004-05 Tsinghua University (Beijing), Senior Scholar, Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies

Courses Taught: Chinese Philosophy
Daoist Philosophy and Religion
Philosophy of Martial Arts
Indian and Asian Philosophy
Philosophy of Sex
Yoga and Philosophy
Chinese Yoga [i.e., Qigong] and Meditation
Theories of Democracy
Minds, Brains and Metaphysics
Ancient [Greek] Philosophy
Contemporary Philosophy
Religion, Science and Philosophy
Business Ethics
Introduction to Philosophy

Career Specialties: Steve Geisz’s research and teaching interests include classical Chinese philosophy, the philosophy of mind and language, and political philosophy (particularly questions about democracy). His current research focuses on the ways in which body practices such as yoga, qigong, taijiquan (i.e., “tai chi”) and the martial arts can be seen as embodiments of philosophical ideas and even methods of engaging in philosophical activity.

Professional and Community Activities: Geisz’s publications include “Aging, Equality, and Confucian Selves” (forthcoming in Ames, Roger T. and Peter D. Hershock, eds., Value and Values: Economics and Justice in an Age of Global Interdependence. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press), “Turning Representation Inside Out” (The Philosophical Forum, Winter 2009), “Mengzi, Strategic Language, and the Shaping of Behavior” (Philosophy East & West, April 2008), “An Indirect Argument for Strategic Voting” (Journal of Applied Philosophy, November 2006), “The Dao and Duality of Johnny Cash” (in John Huss and David Werther, eds., Johnny Cash and Philosophy: The Burning Ring of Truth, Open Court, 2008), and “One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Buddhist Theory of No-Self” (in Fritz Allhoff and Marcus Adams, eds., Whiskey & Philosophy, Wiley, 2010).

Geisz is a certified yoga teacher (RYT 200). He completed his 200-hour yoga teacher training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA, and he is currently doing 300-hour advanced yoga teacher training at the Lotus Pond Center for Yoga and Health in Tampa.

Geisz also teaches qigong (i.e., Chinese yoga and meditation) and practices several forms of taijiquan (i.e., tai chi). He is a student of the Colorado and San Diego-based teacher Ken Cohen, and he is a Certified (Full) Instructor in the Healing Tao qigong system of Mantak Chia.

He has been a disc jockey for a number of different college radio stations, specializing in Americana and alt-country music.