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Asian Philosophies and Cultures
Philosophy and Religion Department
School of Consciousness and Transformation
PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies
MA, San Francisco State University; BA, Sonoma State University
Kirk Templeton received his Ph.D. (2013) from the California Institute of Integral Studies.
Kirk's general research interest lies in the area of comparative world philosophy with a focus on the study of consciousness. His areas of specialization include the Indian tantric tradition of Kashmir Śaivism, the Persian illuminationist tradition of Islamic Philosophy, the doctrine of divine illumination in Western scholasticism, and the Western Hermetic tradition. He concentrates particularly on the doctrine of the metaphysics of Light and how it appears as a common element in these currents of thought and practice.
Kirk integrates his scholarly pursuits with complementary studies in the areas of sound and vibration. He works closely with the East West Sanskrit Institute in the study and practice of mantra. He is an accomplished percussionist, playing Middle Eastern drum and also studying North Indian tabla. Kirk currently teaches courses in Islamic philosophy, culture and history.
California Institute of Integral Studies: Lecturer, Philosophy and Religion Department
San Francisco State University: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Philosophy
Sonoma State University: Instructor, School of Extended Education
Ph.D., Philosophy and Religion, Asian and Comparative Studies Program, California Institute of Integral Studies (2013)
M.A., Philosophy, College of Humanities, San Francisco State University (2006)
B.A., Philosophy, School of Arts and Humanities, Sonoma State University (2003)
Areas of Specialization: Comparative World Philosophy and Religion, Islamic Philosophy, Indian Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind
Dissertation Topic: Abhinavagupta, Suhrawardi and the Metaphysics of Light. Committee Chair: James Ryan
Master's Thesis: Avicenna, Aquinas and the Active Intellect. Director: Mohammad Azadpur
University Extension Courses
Sanskrit, Arabic, German, Latin, Greek, Ancient Egyptian.