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Sarah A Mattice

Associate Professor | Director of Interdisciplinary Studies

Philosophy & Religious Studies | College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Asian and Comparative Philosophy and Religion, Aesthetics, Chinese Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, Ethics, Hermeneutics, Buddhist Philosophy, Japanese Philosophy, Philosophy for Children, Feminist Philosophy, Post-Colonial Philosophy


Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, August 2011

M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, May 2007

B.A. in Philosophy, Spanish Literature, from Eckerd College, May 2005


Sarah Mattice is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at UNF.


Her research specializations are in East Asian and Comparative Philosophy and Religion. At UNF she often teaches courses such as Introduction to Philosophy through Science Fiction, Chinese Philosophy, Japanese Philosophy, and Introduction to Buddhism. 


2018-2019 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, UNF


Grants and Contracts Awarded

2018-2019 Academic Affairs Scholarship Grant, UNF

2016-2017 Eisen Experiential Learning Endowment Grant, UNF

2014-2015 Academic Affairs Faculty Development Interdisciplinary Research Grant, UNF

2013, 2015 Transformational Learning Opportunity Grant, UNF

Publications & Presentations

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Selected Publications and Presentations


Reading the Heart Sutra. Lexington Books (under contract 2019).


Metaphor and Metaphilosophy: Philosophy as Combat, Play, and Aesthetic Experience. Studies in Comparative Philosophy and Religion Series. Lexington Books, 2014 (2017 paperback release). 


Levinas and Asian Thought. Edited with Leah Kalmanson and Frank Garrett. Duquesne Press, 2013. 


AsiaNetwork Exchange, special issue on Teaching Comparative Philosophy, co-edited with Leah Kalmanson 23.2(2016). 


A Metaphorical Conversation: Gadamer and Zhuangzi on Textual Unity,” Journal of Chinese Philosophy 42.1-2(March-June 2015):86-98. Published February 2017.


But Do They Know Its February in China? And Other Questions of Authority and Culture in Comparative Classrooms” in “Teaching Comparative Philosophy”, a special edition of AsiaNetwork Exchange 23.2(2016).


The De of Levinas: Cultivating the Heart-Mind of Radical Passivity,” co-authored with Leah Kalmanson, Frontiers of Philosophy in China 1(2015).


Artistry as Methodology: Aesthetic Experience and Chinese Philosophy,” Philosophy Compass 8.3 (2013): 199-209.


Drinking to Get Drunk: Pleasure, Creativity, and Social Harmony in Greece and China,” Comparative and Continental Philosophy Journal, 3.2(2011): 243-253.


On ‘Rectifying’ Rectification: Reconsidering Zhengming in Light of Confucian Role Ethics,” Asian Philosophy, 20.3(2010): 247-260.


“The Reader's Chopper: Finding Affinities from Gadamer to Zhuangzi on Reading” in Daoist Encounters with Phenomenology, ed. David Chai, Bloomsbury Press (Forthcoming January, 2020).


“Ruism and the Category of Religion: Or, What To Do About the Confucians?” co-authored with Paul Carelli, in Beyond Faith versus Reason: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on the Philosophy of Religion, ed. Sonia Sikka, Ashwani Peetush, and Manvitha Singamsetty. Springer Press (under contract 2019). 


“Many Confucianisms: From Roger Ames to Jiang Qing on the Interpretive Possibilities of Ruist Traditions” in One Corner of the Square: Forward Looking Reflections by the Students of Roger T. Ames, ed. Ian Sullivan and Joshua Mason (Forthcoming 2019).


“The East in the West: Chinese, Japanese, and Indian Philosophy in the 20thCentury” co-authored with Laura Guerrero and Leah Kalmanson, Cambridge History of Philosophy (Forthcoming, 2019).


“Confucian Role Ethics: Issues of Naming, Translation, and Interpretation” in The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Early Chinese Ethics and Political Philosophy, ed. Alexus McCleod, Bloomsbury Press, 2019.


“Daoist Aesthetics of the Everyday and the Fantastical” in Artistic Visions and the Promise of Beauty: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, ed. Kathleen Higgins, Shakti Maira, and Sonia Sikka, Springer Press, 2017.


“Methodological Inspiration for Teaching Chinese Philosophy” in The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Chinese Philosophy and Methodologies, ed. Sor-hoon Tan, Bloomsbury Press, 2016.


“Confucian Role Ethics in the 21stCentury: Domestic Violence, Same-sex Marriage, and Christian Family Values,” in Feminist Encounters with Confucius. Edited by Mathew Foust and Sor-hoon Tan, 2016.


“Perspectives from China: Social Media and Living Well in a Chinese Context,” in Social Media and Living Well. Edited by Mitch Haney and Berrin Beasley. Lexington Press, 2015.


Selected Book Reviews:  


The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Chinese Philosophy and Gender. Edited by Ann A. Pang-White, in Hypatia,, (2017).

Why be Moral? Learning from the Neo-Confucian Cheng Brothers. Yong Huang, in Journal of Chinese Religions(2016).

Confucian Ethics in the 21stCentury,” a Comment on Roger Ames’s Confucian Role Ethics: A Philosophical Vocabulary, in Author Meets Critics Book Symposium,  Frontiers of Chinese Philosophy, 7(4) 2012: 610-615.


Selected Conference Presentations


“Pure Lands (淨土) and Nianfo (念佛) in Chinese Buddhist Discourse and Practice”

November 23-26, 2019. American Academy of Religion, Buddhist Philosophy Group. San Diego, CA.


"Translation and Continental-Comparative Methodology: QIAN Zhongshu and the Standard of Huajing"

May 23-25th, 2019. Comparative and Continental Philosophy Circle. Leiden, Netherlands. 


“He Yin Zhen 何殷震 as Ruist Philosopher: Imagining an Anarcho-Feminist Branch of the Ruist Philosophy Family Tree”

March 8-10th, 2019. Women as Exemplary Persons 女君子in the Ru (Confucian) Tradition Conference. Washington, D.C.


“Translation Studies in Chinese and Comparative Philosophy”

February 20-23rd, 2019. American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meeting, Main Program. Denver, CO.


Workshop Leader, “Non-Western Philosophy for Undergraduate Ethics Courses”

February 20-23rd, 2019. American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meeting, The Teaching Hub: Co-sponsored by the AAPT and the STCP. Denver, CO.


“Chinese Buddhist Epistemology: From It’s All in Your Mind to the Pure Land”

January 7-11th, 2019. American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meeting, International Society for Comparing Chinese and Western Philosophy Session. New York, NY.


“Teaching Zen through Non-Zen Soil, Roots, Branches, and Blooms”

November 1-2nd, 2018. Zen Buddhism: Roots and Branches, Florida Atlantic University.


“The Heart Sutra: Sampling Authenticity”

October 19-21st, 2018. 22nd Southeast Early China Roundtable, University of North Florida.


“An Aesthetics of Reading: Learning to be Human through Practices of Reading”

August 13-20th, 2018. World Congress of Philosophy. Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy. Beijing, China.


“Learning to Be Human Doesn't Mean Learning to Be Men: Conversations with Philosophers 何殷震 He Yin Zhen and 平塚らいちょう Hiratsuka​ Raichō”

August 13-20th, 2018. World Congress of Philosophy. International Association for Japanese Philosophy. Beijing, China. 


“A Daoist Hermeneutic: Zhuangzi and Gadamer on Reading and Listening”

April 5-7th, 2018. Comparative and Continental Philosophy Circle. 13thAnnual Meeting, College of Liberal Arts, Bath Spa University. Bath, England. 


“Let’s Not Re-Invent the Wheel: Women in the History of Chinese and Confucian Philosophies”

Jan 3-6th, 2018. American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meeting, Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy Session. Savannah, GA. 


“Re-Presenting the Canons: Chinese and Japanese Women in the Story of Philosophical Traditions”

Jan 3-6th, 2018. American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meeting, International Association of Japanese Philosophy Session. Savannah, GA.


Selected Invited Lectures


“Embodying Cultural Change: From #MeToo to 禮 Ritual Propriety”

            February 8th, 2019. Workshop on Chinese Philosophy, Gettysburg College


“Great Decisions: China and the New Silk Road”

            Jacksonville Public Library, Great Decisions Series, February 22nd, 2018


“Transnational Feminisms: Hiratsuka Raicho and He Yin Zhen”

            Guest Lecture, UNF, November 29th, 2017


“Philosophy and Neuroscience”

            Guest Lecture, UNF Neuro Speaker Series, November 17th, 2017


“Building Global Philosophy: Metaphors in a Culturally Polycentric World... Or the Trouble with Combat Metaphors”

            Kennesaw University, PSA Lecture Series, April 12th, 2017


“The Place of Vulnerability in an Ethics of Contingency: Chinese Philosophy and Contemporary Feminism”

            Wofford College Philosophy Lecture Series, March 9th, 2017


“Violence in Buddhist Traditions”

            Guest Lecture, UNF, November 21st, 2016


Sunzi and the Trouble with Combat Metaphors”

            Buckman Bridge Unitarian Universalist Church Series, November 13th, 2016


“Paying Attention to Metaphors in and across Philosophical Traditions”

            Sungkyunkwan University. Seoul, Korea. June 16th, 2016


Panel Discussion: “China and the West/The Idea of China”

            International Studies Semiar Series UNF, March 25th, 2016


“Buddhism and Violence”

            Buckman Bridge Unitarian Universalist Church Series, February 21st, 2016


“Neo-Confucianism: A Brief Introduction”

            UNF Confucius Institute Lecture Series, January 29th, 2016


“Daoism and You”

            Buckman Bridge Unitarian Universalist Church, “Our Sources” Series, 6/28/2015


“Confucian Philosophy”

            UNF Confucius Institute Lecture Series, April 10th, 2015


“Philosophy for Children”

            Jewish Community Alliance School Faculty, February 19th, 2015


“Life After the Ph.D.”

            Guest Lecture for the UH Philosophy Students’ Association, December 18th, 2015.


“Walter Mignolo, Culture, and Colonialism”

            Guest Lecture UNF, Nov 20th, 2014.


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