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Academic Employment

11/2014-CurrentProgram Advisor at Hokkaido University of Education International Affairs Division
04/2014-10/2014Specially Appointed Term-Limited Instructor at Hokkaido University of Education Asahikawa in the English Education
09/2013-03/2014Academic Researcher at Hokkaido University Center for Sustainability Science
10/2013-03/2014Part-Time Instructor at Hokkaido Uniersity of Education Sapporo


05/2013PhDFordham UniversityPhilosophy
10/2012-03/2014Hokkaido UniversityCoursework in Japanese language; Religion research
05/2011MPhilFordham UniversityPhilosophy
05/2007MALoyola Marymount UniversityPhilosophy
05/2003BSWheaton College (IL)Chemistry & Philosophy (Dual)


Specializations:Modern Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy (East and West)
Competencies:Ethics, East Asian Philosophy, Contemporary Continental Philosophy

External Fellowships, Awards, and Funding

2018Carnegie Melon University DH-TEL Workshop External AW Mellon Fellow
2012-2014 Monbukagakusho “MEXT” Kenkyuusei (Japanese Ministry of Education Research Student)
2011 Uehiro Prize (Awarded for Best Paper at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa Uehiro Crosscurrents Conference)
2009 Hokkaido University Center for Applied Ethics and Philosophy Travel Grant

Internal Fellowships, Awards, and Funding

2011 Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Research Support Grant: Fordham University
2008-2012 Teaching Fellow: Fordham University
2007-2008 University Fellowship: Fordham University
2006-2007 Tuition Scholarship: Loyola Marymount University
Fall 2006 Teaching Fellow: Loyola Marymount University

Refereed Publications

2022"History and Philosophical Method: Hegel, Stewart, and Chinese Religion" in The Owl of Minerva 53.1-2 (2022): 01-20
2022"Kierkegaard's Defence of Faith as Second-Order Partialism and Critique of Impartialism" in Australian Philosophical Review 5.1 (2022): 80-85
2021"Putting Ruist and Hegelian Social Thought in Dialogue" in Philosophy East and West 71.3 (2021): 724-746
2018"Hegel's Complete Views on Crime and Punishment" in Journal of the American Philosophical Association 4.4 (2018): 525-544
2018"Faith, Recognition, and Community: Abraham and “Faith-In” in Hegel and Kierkegaard" in American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 92.3 (2018): 445-464
2017"Education and Capacity Building with Research a possible case for Future Earth" in International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 18.2 Authors: Yasuhiro Fukushima, Gaku Ishimura, Andrew Komasinski, Reiko Omoto, Shun Managi (2017): 263-276
2017"Critical Thinking and Normative Competencies for Sustainability Science Education" in 高等教育ジャーナル = Journal of Higher Education and Lifelong Learning 24 Authors: Andrew Komasinski, Gakushi Ishimura (2017): 21-37
2016"How Relational Selfhood Rearranges the Debate between Feminists and Confucians" in Feminist Encounters with Confucius Authors: Andrew Komasinski, Stephanie Komashin edited by Sor Hoon Tan and Mathew Foust (Brill Academic: 2016): 141-164
2016"Mobile-CALT: A Practical Guide for Using Cell Phones for CALT" in OnCUE Journal 9.4 (2016): 403-415
2016"How Kierkegaard can Help Us Understand Covering in Analects 13.18" in Asian Philosophy 26.2 (2016): 133-148
2016"Ethics is for Children: Revisiting Aristotle's Virtue Theory" in Philosophy of Childhood: Exploring the Boundaries edited by Brock Bahler and David Kennedy (Lexington Books: 2016): 39-52
2014"A Hegelian Approach to Applied Ethics and Technology" in Applied Ethics: Ethics in an Era of Emerging Technologies (Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan: 2014): 36-48 
2014"Anti-Climacus’s Pre-emptive Critique of Heidegger’s Question Concerning Technology" in International Philosophical Quarterly 54.3 (2014): 101-113
2011"Maybe Happiness Is Loving Our Fathers: Confucius and the Rituals of Dad" in Fatherhood and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell: 2011): 110-120
2010"A Transcendental Phenomenology that Leads out of Transcendental Phenomenology: Using Climacus’ Paradox to Explain Marion’s Being Given" in Quaestiones Disputatae 1.1 (2010): 112-130

Other Publications

2020Review of Christian Krijnen (Ed.): Concepts of Normativity: Kant or Hegel? (Brill: 2019) at Phenomenological Reviews link
2018English Translation of "In the Light: The Hakodate Trappistine Monastery"link
2015“Encouraging Cell Phone Use in the Classroom” in 研究集録 (Research Summary) for The 64th Tohoku/Hokkaido Area University-level General Education Research Society 
2013Review of Henry Rosemont A Reader’s Companion to the Confucian Analects (University of Hawaii Press: 2013) at Warp Weft and Waylink


2015"How Relational Selfhood Rearranges the Debate between Feminists and Confucians" at 19th International Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy: “Chinese Philosophy in the Contemporary World" The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong with Stephanie Midori Komashin as co-presenter. 
2015「カントの『宗教論』と神命説(DIVINE COMMAND THEORY)の共通点」[What Kant’s God and Divine Command Theory Share] at 54th Annual Meeting of the Hokkaido Society of Christian Studies Fuji Women’s University, Sapporo 
2014"Ethics is for Children: Revisiting Aristotle’s Virtue Theory" at Special Symposium of the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children: “Philosophy of Childhood: Exploring the Boundaries American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Annual Meeting, Downtown Marriott, Philadelphia 
2013"Encouraging Cellphone use in the Classroom" at The 64th Tohoku/Hokkaido Area University-level General Education Research Society Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Obihiro 
2014"Ethics as a Humanistic Competency for Future Earth" at 14th Science Council of Asia Istana Hotel, Kuala Lampur 
2013"Why Science Cannot Overturn Applied Ethics: Hegel on Morality's Autonomy" at 8th International Conference on Applied Ethics: “Applied Ethics in an Era of Emerging Technologies" Center for Applied Ethics and Philosophy, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 
2013「カントの批判的倫理学とヘーゲルの自然法批判」 [Kant’s Critical Moral Philosophy and Hegel’s Critique in “Natural Law”] at The 2013 Spring Research Presentation Meeting of the Philosophical Society of Hokkaido University Hokkaido University, Sapporo 
2012"Confucian Moral Selfhood" at Australasian Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy University of New South Wales, Sydney 
2011"The Essentially Relational Self in Kierkegaard and Nishida" at Uehiro Graduate Philosophy Conference: “Cross Currents” University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Manoa, HI 
2011"A Relational Understanding of Justification in Luke: Restored to the Father" at Society of Vineyard Scholars Seattle, WA 
2009"Finding Pleasure in Friendship: Epicurus and Confucius" at 4th International Conference on Applied Ethics: “Applied Ethics and Its Frontiers Center for Applied Ethics and Philosophy, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 
2009"Aristotle’s Ergon and the Family: Human Flourishing in Human Families" at Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy Annual Conference Fordham University Lincoln Center, New York, NY 
2008"Making Sense of the Saturated Phenomenon: How Kierkegaard Can Help Marion’s Being Given" at 2008 Annual Conference on Christian Philosophy: “The Philosophy of Jean-Luc Marion” Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, OH 
2008"Reawakening the Christian Sense of Locke’s Tolerance" at Fordham University Graduate Student Philosophy Conference Fordham University, New York, NY 
2007"Is there anything more important than Life?" at Society for the Asian and Comparative Philosophy at Pacific Division Group of the 81st Annual Meeting of the American Philosophical Association The Westin St. Francis, San Francisco, CA 

Works in Progress

An Analogy for Hegel's Theory of Punishment.
In this paper, I expand on my 2018 work to suggest how a correct understanding of Hegel's theory of punishment both traces the development of a system of justice and grows out of natural encounters. Here, I argue that
  1. "Abstract Right" has retributionist account of non-judicial punishment
  2. "Abstract Right" does not present Hegel's account of judicial punishment.
  3. The complete account in "Civil Society" is still retributionist at its core but considers other factors in sentencing
  4. Certain unifier passages raised by Brooks do not overcome this
Kierkegaard and Lopsided Recognition
Before I started working on the Hegel and crime project, I started to research Kierkegaard's notion of recognition and compare it with Hegel's account of mutual recognition. For Kierkegaard, this occurs in several places and at least two pseudonyms: Johannes Climacus's Philosophical Fragments and Anti-Climacus's Sickness Unto Death. To make sure I was not missing any loose ends, I read the Philosophy of Right, and in the process, I found the current accounts of crime to be inadequate. The main focus of this project is to look at how Kierkegaard thinks we can have our identity consituted by an other (God) without us being necessary to give that other a coherent identity. This is very much the opposite of Hegel's notions in political philosophy where mutual recognition stands at the root of value.
Learning to Love the Dead: A Confucian Lesson for Kierkegaard Scholars
One of the more difficult passages in Kierkegaard's Works of Love is on loving someone who is already dead. In this paper, I deploy Confucian resources to help make sense of this and show that at least one overlap between Confucian and Kierkegaardian approaches to ethics is in their belief that relationships serve as sources of moral knowledge.


Philosophy & Ethics
Philosophical Ethics (4x)
Philosophy of Human Nature (4x)
Introduction to the Humanities: Plato and Aristotle (0.5x)
International Understanding: Descartes and Locke (1x)
Environmental Ethics (0.25x)
Academic English
Presentations, Publications, and Ethics in Research (4x)
Academic Reading (1x)
Presentation (9x)
English Literature
A Christmas Carol (1x)
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Moral Imagination) (2x)
English Education
Education and Technology (5x)
Intercultural Understanding (2x)
English Communication (5x)
Teaching Methodologies for English-mediated Instruction (9x)
Business Writing (7x)


04/2015-CurrentMember of Hokkaido University of Education Asahikawa Campus International Exchange Committee
11/2014-CurrentMember of Hokkaido University of Education Global Education Leaders Program Committee
04/2014-CurrentDeveloped a proprietary LMS in PHP/MySQL
05/2012Referee for Fordham Graduate Philosophy Conference (Spring 2012)
09/2011-05/2012Faculty advisor for the Polish Student Association at Fordham University Lincoln Center
09/2009-05/2010Co-Chair of Fordham Graduate Philosophy Conference for Spring 2010 "Aristotle in the 21st Century"
09/2008-05/2009Conference Referee for Fordham Graduate Symposium: Fall 2008, Spring 2009
09/2007-05/2008Developed and managed “Academic Integrity” Online Tutorial for Fordham University’s undergraduate colleges in PHP/MySQL
Journal Referee for:
Journal of the Center for Applied Ethics and Philosophy at Hokkaido University 2013
Philosophy East and West2015, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2023
Social Philosophy Today2020
 Translation Work for:
Kuriyama Masatoshi (Hokkaido University: 2013)
Michael Davis with Ikeda Makoto (Hokkaido University: 2014)
English Editing:
Kazumasa Takahashi (Hokkaido University of Education: 2018,2019, 2020)
Noriaki Katagiri (Hokkaido University of Education: 2018)
Takuro Tsuda (Hokkaido University of Education: 2019, 2020)
Yuji Furukawa (Hokkaido University of Education: 2020)
Atsushi Itaya (Hokkaido University of Education: 2023)

Professional Memberships


JapaneseCompetent reading, speaking, and writing (JLPT N1)
GermanReading Compentecy, Conversational Speaking
FrenchReading Competency
LatinReading Competency
DanishBasic Reading Competency

Business Skills

Web Development10 years professional experience: PHP, MySQL, HTML,JavaScript
Web Marketing Search Engine Optimization, Search Engine Marketing
Office20+ years experience with MS Office. Several VBA projects.