Prof. Deane Curtin
Specialization: Philosophy
Home institution in US: Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, Minnesota
Host Institution in India: The Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh       
Start date/Month in India: September 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Prof. Deane Curtin is professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy and Hanson-Peterson Chair of Liberal Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota. He is the author of several books, including Environmental Ethics for a Postcolonial World (Rowman & Littlefield 2005) and Chinnagounder’s Challenge: The Question of Ecological Citizenship (Indiana University Press 1999). His principal interests are in ethics, especially environmental ethics, the ethics of community development and Buddhist ethics. He has held visiting appointments in Japan at Kansai Gaidai University, in India at the Centre for Research on a New International Economic Order, and in Italy at the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies.

Prof. Curtin’s Fulbright research project, “Cross-cultural Ethics: Spinoza, Nagarjuna, Shantideva,” will be to coordinate with the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives a translation of the major texts of Western philosophy into Tibetan for the first time, and to offer a series of public lectures on these texts. He will also complete a book that seeks to reinvigorate the sense that a coherent moral life is possible by looking at ethics cross-culturally, principally through the work of Benedict Spinoza and the Buddhist philosophers Nagarjuna and Shantideva.