Park, Peter K.J.Associate Professor
Office: JO 5.610
Areas of Specialization: early modern Europe, the Enlightenment, German intellectual history, Orientalism, history of philosophy, comparative philosophy.
Education: PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 2005
MA, University of California, Los Angeles, 1999
BA, Hampshire College, 1995
Peter Park received a B.A. from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the History Department at the University of California, Los Angeles. He joined UTD in the fall of 2007 as Assistant Professor of Historical Studies and in 2013 became Associate Professor. He teaches courses on historical methodology, early modern Europe, the European Enlightenment, the history of philosophy, and comparative philosophy.
Dr. Park studies Europe in relation to its Other(s), European knowledge systems, cultural transfer, cultural canons, and identity. He has published articles and book chapters and has co-edited two books on historical and philosophical topics, including German Orientalism, comparative linguistics, early modern Jewish anti-Christian literature, philosophical skepticism, scientific racism in the Enlightenment, and German and French Enlightenment thinkers on China. He is the author of Africa, Asia, and the History of Philosophy: Racism in the Formation of the Philosophical Canon, 1780-1830 (http://www.sunypress.edu/p-5655-africa-asia-and-the-history-of-.aspx). It is a historical investigation of the exclusion of Africa and Asia from modern histories of philosophy.
He has begun work on a critical translation of Die speculative Trinitätslehre des späteren Orients (The Speculative Doctrine of the Trinity of the Late Orient) (Berlin, 1826) by the Lutheran theologian Friedrich August Tholuck (1799-1873). This text is possibly the earliest study in the German language of heterodox philosophical sects of early Islam. This project is a collaboration with Dr. Ali Anooshahr, Middle East historian at the University of California at Davis.
He has won research fellowships from the German Academic Exchange Service, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, and the Francke Foundations. He has presented his research to academic audiences in Germany, India, Hong Kong, Turkey, and the United States.