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Meet the Faculty - Curriculum Vitae For Douglas Allen


6 Charles Street
Orono, Maine 04473

Department of Philosophy
The Maples
University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469 U.S.A.
Telephone: 207-581-3866; Fax: 207-581-2928
E-mail: or


Yale University          New Haven, CT.    1959-63      B.A Philosophy
Banaras Hindu Univ.   Varanasi, India      1963-64      Indian Philosophy
Vanderbilt Univ.         Nashville, TN.       1964-67      M.A.Philosophy
1971          Ph.D. Philosophy

Areas of Specialization

Phenomenology (especially Phenomenology of Religion); Eastern Philosophy and Religion (especially Hinduism and Buddhism); History of Religions (Religionswissenshaft); Mircea Eliade; Mahatma Gandhi;Marxism and Political Philosophy (especially Marx); Comparative Philosophy and Religion.

Teaching Experience

Banaras Hindu Univ.                             1963-64                 Fulbright Instructor

Southern Illinois Univ                           1967-72                 Instructor, Assistant Professor

Vanderbilt University                            1972-73                 Visiting Assistant Professor

Central Connecticut State                    1973-74                 Assistant Professor

University of Maine                                  1974-                Assistant Professor; Associate Prof.;

Full Prof. (1981); Graduate Faculty;

Chairperson, Philosophy (1979-82,1998-2003)

Courses taught at University of Maine:

Introd. to Philosophy; Introd. to Religious Studies; Social Issues in Recent Religious and Philosophical Thought; Problems of Philosophy;  Marxist Philosophy; Twentieth Century Marxist Philosophy; The Nature of Religious Experience; Hinduism; Buddhism; Views of Self: East and West; Theories of Myth; Mircea Eliade; Mahatma Gandhi. Other courses taught: Ethics; History of Modern Philosophy; Philosophy of Religion; Afro-American Philosophy; Graduate seminars on Indian Philosophy and Phenomenology of Religion.


Vanderbilt Dissertation: “The History of Religions and Eliade’s Phenomenology”

Yale Honors Thesis: “Albert Camus: His Struggle with Nihilism.”


Articles and Chapters in Books




Papers Presented

The following are major scholarly papers presented since 1974:

The following are some of the other papers presented at conferences and to university, high school, and community gatherings:

Many talks on Vietnam/Indochina War: roots of war, Vietnamese culture and history, Vietnamization, lessons of Vietnam, antiwar movement, scholars of Asia and the war. The Nuclear Arms Race The Draft Understanding Iran

Other Activities (since 1974)

Faculty advisor, financial advisor, and active participant in Maine Peace Action Committee, 1974-present. Write an article for every issue of the Maine Peace Action Committee Newsletter. Coordinate the weekly Peace and Justice Film Series.


American Philosophical Ass’n, Society for Asian and Comparative Phil., Radical Phil. Ass’n, North American Society for Social Phil., Concerned Philosophers for Peace, American Academy of Religion, North American Ass’n for the Study of Religion, Ass’n of Asian Studies, Comm. of Concerned Asian Scholars, Union of Radical Political Economics, American Ass’n of University Profs., American Civil Liberties Union, Common Cause, Maine Peace Action Comm., Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, Peace in Central America, Amnesty International, National Education Ass’n, Clergy and Laity Concerned, Witness for Peace, Global Exchange.

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Contact Information

5776 The Maples
Orono, ME 04469-5776
Phone: 207-581-3866 | Fax: 207-581-2928E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469