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Dr. Minh Nguyen

  • Associate Director of the Honors Program; Director of the Asian Studies Program; Coordinator of National and International Scholarships and Fellowships

Bio  •  Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information

  • Department: EKU Honors Program
  • Office: University 138
  • Mailing Address: University 137
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  • Phone: 859-622-8667


Dr. Minh Nguyen is Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Asian Studies Program (which he cofounded), Associate Director of the Honors Program, and Coordinator of National and International Scholarships and Fellowships at Eastern Kentucky University. From 2010 to 2014, he served as Coordinator of the Chautauqua Lecture Series, the university-wide interdisciplinary lecture series at EKU. He began his teaching career in 1993 as a part-time lecturer in philosophy at Columbia University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, a master’s degree in philosophy, and a doctoral degree in philosophy. A Vietnamese-born specialist in the philosophy of mind and theory of knowledge, he also works in the areas of Chinese thought and Japanese aesthetics. His work has been published in a number of philosophical and literary journals, including The Journal of Philosophical Research, The Journal of Value Inquiry, The Kenyon Review, Evolution and Cognition, Dialogue, and Think. His edited collection New Essays in Japanese Aesthetics: Philosophy, Politics, Culture, Literature, and the Arts is forthcoming from Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield. He received a 2002 Rockefeller Essay Prize from the American Philosophical Association. He loves soccer and is a die-hard fan of FC Barcelona. He even has a Barca flag hung in his office. In case you meet him and the conversation gets tiresome, soccer may be the perfect topic to switch to.

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