Department of History and Philosophy

Andrew Whitehead

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Contact Information

Office: Kennesaw Campus
Social Sciences Building (SO 402), Room 4097
Phone: 470-578-2281



ANDREW K. WHITEHEAD is Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the department of History and Philosophy at Kennesaw State University.

 He is presently the Executive Director of the Académie du Midi Philosophical Association (formerly the Académie du Midi Institut für Philosophie e.V), an Associate Editor of the journal Comparative and Continental Philosophy (Taylor & Francis), an Associate Editor of the Comparative and Continental Philosophy book series (Northwestern University Press), and an Executive Officer of the Comparative and Continental Philosophy Circle. He is also a faculty co-advisor for the award-winning Philosophy Student Association at Kennesaw State University.

In 2015, he was an Outstanding Early Career Faculty Award winner for Kennesaw State University for outstanding achievement in teaching, research, and service, and the Distinguished Early Career Faculty Award winner for the department of History and Philosophy. He was an invited Visiting Research Fellow at the KU Leuven Husserl Archives in Belgium for Summer 2015. He was also one of the recipients of an Incentive Funding Award for Scholarship & Creative Activity from the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Kennesaw State University in 2016.

 Andrew K. Whitehead specializes in East-West comparative philosophy, particularly concerning Japanese Buddhist philosophy, the Kyoto School, Chinese Lao-Zhuang Daoism, and the German and French traditions of phenomenology and existentialism. His current research projects include a philosophical interpretation of the works of the medieval Zen poet Ikkyū Sōjun (1394-1481) and a critical re-interpretation of subjective integration in light of the existential tension that arises at the intersection of complex social systems and phenomenology.

 He teaches classes in East Asian philosophies, the European continental tradition, and East-West comparative philosophy. His regular course offerings at Kennesaw State University include Chinese Philosophy, Japanese Philosophy, Existentialism, and Phenomenology.

His recent publications include (selection):

 “Ikkyū Sōjun” in Dao: Companion to Japanese Buddhist Philosophy, edited by Gereon Kopf (New York: Springer Press, Forthcoming)

Wisdom and Philosophy: Contemporary and Comparative Approaches, edited with Hans-Georg Moeller (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016)

 “She Who Laughs Loudest: A Meditation on Zen Humor” in Journal of Global Initiatives, Vol. 9 No. 1, 2014

 Landscape and Travelling East and West: A Philosophical Journey, edited with Hans-Georg Moeller (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014)

 “Sex and a Drinking Song: The Ethics of Ikkyū Sōjun” in Comparative and Continental Philosophy, Vol. 5 No. 2, 2013

 “Equating Unequal Things: Nietzsche, Huangbo, and Linji on Identity” in Selfhood East and West: De-Constructions of Identity, edited by Günter Wohlfart et. al., (Bautz: Nordhausen, 2012)

 His recent research presentations include (selection):

 “Making Rinzai Blush: Select Philosophical Poems from Ikkyū's Crazy Cloud Anthology." 2nd Annual Conference of the European Network for Japanese Philosophy, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, 2016

 “Merleau-Ponty’s Nightmare: Philosophy as its own Beyond and a Re-Thinking of Organizational Behaviour.” Panel on Outside Awakening: Imagining Merleau-Ponty’s Dreams and Nightmares, 41st Annual Meeting of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle, Brock University, Canada, 2016

 “Identity East-West: Unraveling Hume's Bundle.” Invited Lecture, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, USA, 2016

 “Models of Efficacy: Coming to Know Non-Action and Acting without Knowing.” Invited Lecture, University of Macau, China, 2016

 “On Imagination and Philosophy.” Plenary Lecture, 21st Symposium of Académie du Midi in Alet-les-bains, France, 2016

 “The Power of Nothing: Foucault’s Panopticism and Laozi’s Wheel.” 11th Annual Meeting of the Comparative and Continental Philosophy Circle in Taipei, Taiwan, 2016