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Dr. Minh Nguyen

Minh Nguyen
  • Professor of Philosophy and Asian Studies; Associate Director of the Honors 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 and Asian Studies, Associate Director of the Honors Program, and Coordinator of National and International Scholarships and Fellowships at Eastern Kentucky University. From 2015 to 2018, he served as Director of the Interdisciplinary Asian Studies Program, which he cofounded at EKU. From 2010 to 2014, he served as Coordinator of the Chautauqua Lecture Series, the university-wide 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 appeared in a number of philosophical, literary, and interdisciplinary journals, including The Journal of Philosophical Research, The Journal of Value Inquiry, The Kenyon Review, Evolution and Cognition, Dialogue, and Think. Hailed as “a must-have” (Kristin Surak, University of London) and “a perfect text for reading in and for teaching from” (Alan Tansman, University of California, Berkeley), his wide-ranging interdisciplinary edited collection New Essays in Japanese Aesthetics (526 pages) has recently been published by Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield. The book may be ordered at:;; and In 2002, he received a Rockefeller Essay Prize from the American Philosophical Association for his essay “Davidson on First-Person Authority.” In 2018, he was selected to participate in the NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) Summer Institute “Self-Knowledge in Eastern and Western Philosophies,” the topic of his doctoral dissertation and various publications.

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