Department of History and Philosophy

David Jones

Professor of Philosophy

Contact Information

Office: Kennesaw Campus
Social Sciences Building (SO 402), Room 4082
Phone: 470-578-6596



DAVID JONES is professor of philosophy and editor of the Comparative and Continental Philosophy Book Series (Northwestern University Press), Comparative and Continental Philosophy (Taylor and Francis), and the founding editor of East-West Connections while serving as its editor from 2000 to 2013. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, Visiting Professor of Chinese Philosophy at the University of North Georgia, and Visiting Professor of Confucian Classics at Emory. In 2013 and 2015 he was Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences at National Taiwan University.

As an author, David Jones writes mostly in the areas of Chinese and Greek Philosophy with other publications in Japanese, Buddhist, Environmental, and Continental philosophy. Throughout the years, he has been a consistent nominee for Distinguished Teaching, Scholarship, and Service awards and received the 2012-2013 College of Humanities and Social Sciences Distinguished Research and Creative Activity Award and the Kennesaw State University Foundation Distinguished Research and Creative Activity Award in 2013. 2016 marked being the recipient of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Outstanding Professional Service Award and in 2017 he was awarded the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Distinguished Professor Award and the Kennesaw State University Foundation Distinguished Professor Award.

Author of numerous book chapters, review articles, and articles, he has also published creative writing and has given over 140 presentations in venues ranging from the local to international.

His published books include:

·      The Fractal Self: Science, Philosophy, and the Evolution of Cooperation with John L. Culliney (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2017)

·      Confucianism: Its Roots and Global Significance, by Lee Ming-huei and edited by David Jones (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2017)  

·      On the True Sense of Art: A Critical Companion to the Transfigurements of John Sallis, edited with Jason Wirth and Michael Schwartz (Northwestern University Press, 2016)

·      Returning to Zhu Xi: Emerging Patterns within the Supreme Polarity, edited with He Jinli (State University of New York Press, 2015)

·      The Dynamics of Cultural Counterpoint in Asian Studies edited with Michele Marion (State University of New York Press, 2014)

·      The Gift of Logos edited with Jason M. Wirth and Michael Schwartz (Cambridge Scholars, 2010)

·      Asian Texts-Asian Contexts edited with Ellen Klein (State University of New York Press, 2009)

·      Confucius Now: Contemporary Encounters with the Analects, edited (Open Court, 2008)

·      Buddha Nature and Animality, edited (Jain, 2007)

His current books under review include:

·      The Philosophy of Zhu Xi in Inter-Cultural Perspective, edited with Kirill O. Thompson (National Taiwan University Press and Transcript-Verlag, Bielefeld, Germany)

·      The Humanist Spirit of Daoism by Chen Guying, edited by David Jones and Sarah Flavel

·      Creative Solitudes: A Companion to the Oeuvre of David Farrell Krell, edited by David Jones

Beginning in 2006 until 2017, David Jones was president of the Comparative and Continental Philosophy Circle, which is one of the leading international organizations in Comparative and Continental philosophy. Preceding this role, he was the 2003-2004 president of the thirteen-state Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies. From 2005 to 2011 he was the president of the Asian Studies Development Program Alumni Chapter at the East-West Center- under his leadership the Chapter was selected the 2010 Outstanding East-West Center Chapter from over 55 chapters worldwide. Elected to several terms of the East-West Center Association Executive Board (2004-2010) and successive terms as the Vice President for Chapter Development for the East-West Center Association (2008-2010), he was awarded the East-West Center's Distinguished Alumnus Award in Tokyo in 2004-2005.

Since 1996, he has been the Faculty Advisor for the award winning Philosophy Student Association, which has been one of the most active student organizations in the country. The PSA's most recent award was in 2014 when it received the Spotlight of the Year Award. For over fifteen years, the PSA has delivered the Mike Ryan Lecture Series, which commemorates one of his deceased students. In addition, the PSA inaugurated the first student philosophy conference in the State of Georgia. 2017 marked its 13th year with accompanying selected proceedings for the first six conferences. In addition, the PSA has managed an on-line student philosophy journal and has hosted a number of programs and events, such as student led forums, reading and film groups, cultural art exhibits and concerts, a newsletter, student lecture series, a campus radio program, Philosophy Café, and text seminars. Moreover, local and international service projects, such as fundraising for Georgia flood victims and book drives for Cape Coast University in Ghana, have also been part of their activities.

When not working and traveling in Asia, David Jones divides his time between Atlanta and Honolulu where he received his PhD with distinction in Comparative Philosophy from the University of Hawai‘i (and where he garages his Harley Davidson). He increasingly finds he spends far too much time away from his motorcycle.