portrait of Douglas allen
With three Indian professors at the World Congress of Philosophy in Istanbul, August 2003.
portrait of Douglas allen
Maine Distinguished Professor Award plaque in University of Maine Fogler Library, May 2000.

Research and Publications for Douglas Allen

As can be seen from my Curriculum Vitae, my major areas of research specialization are Phenomenology (especially Phenomenology of Religion); Eastern Philosophy and Religion (especially Hinduism and Buddhism), Mircea Eliade; Mahatma Gandhi, Marxism and Political Philosophy (especially Karl Marx); and Comparative East-West Philosophy and Religion.

In recent years, most of my publications have been in two areas: first, phenomenology of religion, in general, and the phenomenology of Mircea Eliade, in particular; second, various peace and justice topics, in general, and the philosophy of Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi, in particular.

In recent years, I have completed edited books, Comparative Philosophy and Religion in Times of Terror (2006) and The Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi for the Twenty-First Century (2008). Recent publications include “Encounters with Mircea Eliade,” in Encounters with Mircea Eliade, ed. by Mihaela Gilgor and Mac Linscott Ricketts (Cluj Napoca: Editura Casa Cartii de Stiinta, 2005), pp. 11-23; “Phenomenology of Religion,” in The Routledge Companion to the Study of Religion, ed. by John Hinnells (London: Routledge, 2005), pp. 182-207; “Major Contributions of Philosophical Phenomenology and Hermeneutics to the Study of Religion” and “Responses,” in How to Do Comparative Religion: Three Ways, Many Goals (Berlin: DeGruyter, 2005), pp. 5-28 and 49-56; “Mircea Eliade and Platonism,” in Revue Roumaine de Philosophie 49, Nos. 1-2 (Bucharest, 2005): 69-90; “Mahatma Gandhi After 9/11: Terrorism and Violence,” in Comparative Philosophy and Religion in Times of Terror, ed. by Douglas Allen (Lantham, Md.: Lexington, 2006), pp. 19-39; “Mahatma Gandhi on Violence and Peace Education,” Philosophy East and West 57 (2007): 290-310; “Edmund Husserl” and “Phenomenology of Religion,” in The Encyclopedia of Religion, 2nd ed. (New York: Macmillan, 2008); “Fight Violence in the System,” Swagat (Jan. 2008); “Asian Philosophy, Influence of (on American Philosophy),” in American Philosophy: An Encyclopedia, ed. by John Lachs and Robert Talisse (Routledge, 2008); “Mahatma Gandhi’s Philosophy of Violence, Nonviolence, and Education,” in The Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi for the Twenty-First Century, ed. by Douglas Allen (Lantham, Md.: Lexington, 2008), pp. 33-62; “Prologue: Encounter with Mircea Eliade and His Legacy for the Twenty-First Century,” Religion (Dec. 2008; special Eliade Centennial issue co-edited with Michel Gardaz).

In 2011, I authored two books: Mahatma Gandhi and Mit si Religie la Mircea Eliade. Recent publications with a Gandhi focus include “Hind Swaraj: Hermeneutical Questions of Interpretation, Mythic Construction, and Contemporary Relevance,” Journal of Contemporary Thought (2009); “Peacebuilding in the 21st Century: Gandhian Perspectives,” in Winning the Peace: A Quest, ed. Zeenat S. Ali (2010); “Religion and Violence in the Contemporary World: Is religion more of the problem or the solution?” in Patterns in Philosophy and Sociology of Religions, ed. by Mihaela Gligor and Sherry Sabbarwal (2011); “Gandhi and Socialism,” International Journal of Gandhi Studies (2012); and “Mahatma Gandhi’s Philosophy of Nonviolence, Peace, and Civilizational Harmony,” GITAM Journal of Gandhian Studies (2012).


Douglas allen at the podium
Presidential Address at the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy international conference, at Asilomar, California, May 2003.
round table conversation
Giving lecture at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, 1998.
Douglas allen at the podium
Delivering the Commencement Address, after receiving the Maine Presidential Research and Creative Achievement Award, University of Maine Commencement, Dec. 1998.
portrait of Douglas allen
At international philosophy conference in Hawaii.