Eastern Michigan University
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James Egge

Professor

702-F Pray-Harrold

(734) 487-0910

jegge@emich.edu

Education

Ph.D., University of Chicago
M.A., University of Chicago
B.A., University of Virginia

Interests and Expertise

Professor Egge studies the Pali literature of Theravada Buddhism. He has written on Theravada conceptions of karma, the body, and the role of visual perception in religious devotion. He is also interested in theories and methods for the study of religion, and has written on the use of conceptual metaphor theory as a method for the comparative study of religion. He is currently researching ideas of karma in Sri Lankan Buddhism and in Buddhist Studies.

Dr. Egge regularly teaches courses on Buddhism, Hinduism, and the comparative study of religion, and he is developing two new classes on the history of pre-modern South Asia. 

Publications

"Theorizing Embodiment: Conceptual Metaphor Theory and the Comparative Study of Religion," in Figuring Religions: Comparing Ideas, Images, and Activities, ed. Shubha Pathak (State University of New York Press, 2013).

"Physical Boundaries and Bodily Control in Theravadin Accounts of the Buddha’s Awakening and Final Nirvana" (forthcoming).

"Interpretive Strategies for Seeing the Body of the Buddha," in Constituting Communities: Theravada Buddhism and the Religious Cultures of South and Southeast Asia, ed. John Clifford Holt, Jacob N. Kinnard, and Jonathan S. Walters (State University of New York Press, 2003).

Religious Giving and the Invention of Karma in Theravada Buddhism (RoutledgeCurzon, 2002).

 

The History & Philosophy Department is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 701 Pray Harrold, 734.487.1018