Glen A. Mazis, Ph.D.

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Distinguished Professor of Humanities and Philosophy, School of Humanities
Professor-in-Charge, Master of Arts in Humanities
Office Phone
Office Location
Olmsted Building, W356
W356 OLMSTED BLDG
PENN STATE HBG
MIDDLETOWN, PA 17057
Biography

Glen A. Mazis came to Penn State Harrisburg in 1991 after teaching at St. Lawrence University, Wesleyan University, Northern Kentucky University, Louisiana State University and the University of Illinois. In 1999, he took a two year leave of absence to help found the Buddhist, interdisciplinary Soka University in Aliso Viejo, California. Dr. Mazis specializes in phenomenology; current continental philosophy and philosophy of art. He also has interests in critical theory, Buddhism, Taoism, feminism, ecology, and philosophy of technology, literature and poetry, as well as interdisciplinary humanities. He has been coordinator of the masters program.

He has published widely in journals and anthologies about Merleau-Ponty, emotion, imagination, depth, memory, animal studies, Heidegger, Sartre, interpersonal perception, embodiment, emptiness, gender issues, and poetics. His four books focus on embodiment, emotion, masculinity, and the relationships among humans, animals and machines. He is also a poet with more than 70 poems published in literary journals. He is member of the Board of Directors of the Merleau-Ponty Circle and also of the journal, Environment, Space, Place. He is working on a book on Merleau-Ponty and Proust on memory.

Professional Affiliations
  • American Philosophical Association
  • The Merleau-Ponty Circle Association
  • The Society for Phenomenological and Existential Philosophy
Research Interests

Continental Philosophy (Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger, etc.)

Phenomenology

Philosophy of Literature and Poetry

Environmental Philosophy

Publications

About 40 essays in various philosophical journals and anthologies

Merleau-Ponty and the Face of the World: Silence, Ethics, Imagination and Poetic Ontology (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2016), 386 pages.

Humans, Animals, Machines: Blurring Boundaries (SUNY, 2008)

Earthbodies: Rediscovering Our Planetary Senses (SUNY, 2004)

Emotion and Embodiment: Fragile Ontology (Peter Lang, 1994)

72 poems in various literary journals (incl. North American Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Rosebud, Atlanta review et. al.)

Education

B.A.; M.A.; M.Phil.; Ph.D. (Yale)

Course Schedule
HUM 525
HUM 515
HUM 491
IHUM 400