Sarah A Mattice

Assistant Professor

Philosophy & Religious Studies • College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Comparative Philosophy, Chinese Philosophy, Aesthetics, Buddhism, Hermeneutics


PhD in Philosophy from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, August 2011


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


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


Sarah Mattice is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. Her specializations are in Comparative Philosophy and Aesthetics. At UNF she often teaches courses such as Chinese Philosophy, Japanese Philosophy, Buddhism, Aesthetics, and Ethics East and West. Her research involves the role of metaphor in metaphilosophy, questions concerning Gadamerian hermeneutics and the Zhuangzi, and Confucian ethics. 

Publications & Presentations

Edited Volumes:


Levinas and Asian Thought. Edited with Leah Kalmanson and Frank Garrett. Duquesne Press (Contract Pending).


Comparative Philosophy Today and Tomorrow (with Geoff Ashton and Joshua Kimber), Newcastle upon
 Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009.




“Artistry as Methodology: Aesthetic Experience and Chinese Philosophy,” Philosophy Compass (Forthcoming).


“On ‘Rectifying’ Rectification: Reconsidering Zhengming in Light of Confucian Role Ethics,” Asian Philosophy, Routledge Press, November 2010, Vol. 20, No. 3, pp. 247-260.


“Rethinking Combative Dialogue: Comparative Philosophy as a Resource for Examining Models of Dialogue,” Paideusis. Vol 19, No. 1, 2010, pp. 43-48.


“Drinking to Get Drunk: Pleasure, Creativity, and Social Harmony in Greece and China,” Comparative
and Continental Philosophy Journal
, London: Equinox Press, Fall 2011, No. 3.2.


Chapters in Books:


“Levinas and Asian Thought: An Introduction,” with Leah Kalmanson. In Levinas and Asian Thought, ed. with Leah Kalmanson and Frank Garrett. Duquesne Press (Contract Pending).


Li and P4C: A Case Study of Confucian Li.” in Comparative Philosophy Today and Tomorrow, ed. Sarah
A. Mattice, Geoff Ashton, Joshua Kimber, (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, March 2009) pp. 8-20.


Book Reviews:

Concepts and Categories of Emotion in East Asia. ed. Guisi Tamburello, in Journal of Chinese Philosophy (In progress).


“Confucian Ethics in the 21st Century,” a Comment on Roger Ames’s Confucian Role Ethics: A Philosophical Vocabulary, in a Special Issue of Frontiers of Chinese Philosophy.


A Sense of the World: Essays on Fiction, Narrative, and Knowledge, ed. John Gibson, Wolfgang Huemer, and Luca Pocci, in Teaching Philosophy, Vol. 33 no. 2, June 2010, pp. 220-223.


Wm. Theodore De Bary’s Confucian Tradition and Global Education, in China Review International, Vol. 16 no. 1, 2009, pp. 93-98.


Joanne D. Birdwhistell’s Mencius and Masculinities, in China Review International, Vol. 15 no. 2, pp. 32-




Zhang Dongsun’s “Knowledge and Culture,” from Knowledge and Culture, with Aaron Creller (in progress).




“A Metaphorical Conversation: Gadamer and Zhuangzi on the Need for Textual Unity”
February 22-24th, 2013. Hermeneutics of Interpreting Philosophical Classics: East and West. Honolulu, HI.


“Confucian Role Ethics in the 21st Century: Wife Beaters, Gay Marriage, and Family Values”
October 11-14th, 2012. Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy. Carbondale, Il.


“On the Possibility of Non-Combative Oppositionality: Chinese Philosophy of War, Buddhist Dharma Combat, and Compassionate Conversations”
March 8-10, 2012. Comparative and Continental Philosophy Circle. San Diego, CA.


“Intersections and Interventions: Chinese and Feminist Epistemologies”
November 18-19, 2011. Society for Women in Philosophy. London, England.


“On Sustainable Philosophy: Philosophical Soldiers and Philosophical Artists”
May 25-28th, 2011. Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy Conference. Honolulu, HI.


Collegium Phaenomenologicum, Transcontinental Philosophy: Interpreting Philosophy Across Borders and Idioms
Accepted Participant, July 12-30th, 2010, Città di Castello, Umbria, Italy.


“On the Possibility of Non-Violent Self-Knowledge: Knowing as Tihui
July 4-9, 2010, International Levinas Society Meeting, Toulouse, France.


“Radical Deference: A Daoist Response to the Levinasian Problem of Totalization.”
April 8-10th, 2010. Comparative and Continental Philosophy Circle Annual Conference, Tokai University, Honolulu, HI.


“On ‘Rectifying’ Rectification: Reconsidering Zhengming in light of Confucian Role Ethics.”
Dec. 27-30, 2009. APA Eastern Conference, New York, NY.


“Pluralist Implications: 
Rethinking the Combat Model of Dialogue.”
Dec. 3-6, 2009. 38th Annual Meeting of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia, Honolulu, HI.


“Relationships of Ruling: Plato’s Laws and the Mengzi.”
April 7-12, 2009. APA Pacific Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


Li and P4C: A Case Study of Confucian Li.”
March 19-20, 2007. Uehiro CrossCurrents Conference in Comparative Philosophy, Honolulu, HI.


MatticeContact Information

(904) 620-1330


Office Hours

by appointment