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Asian Studies

Ann Pirruccello

Professor, Philosophy

Ann Pirruccello has been teaching at USD since 1992 and is professor of philosophy.  She offers courses in Introduction to Philosophy, Asian Philosophy, Critical Comparative Philosophy, and special topics courses in Asian and contemporary continental philosophy. Her research embraces philosophies of liberation in continental and Asian thought, metaphilosophical problems related to globalization, and comparative philosophy.


Professor Pirruccello completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy at Purdue University.  She earned a B.A. in philosophy at California State University, Los Angeles.

Scholarly and Creative Work

Dr. Pirruccello’s research engages philosophies of personal and social liberation. Operating at the intersection of somatic, social, religious and political practice, such philosophies explore means of interrupting debilitating ideologies and identities. Her articles have appeared in Philosophy East and West, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Cahiers Simone Weil, and other international journals and anthologies. She has presented and published work on French philosopher Simone Weil, examining her somatically-based views of human freedom. Professor Pirruccello has also written on Weil’s philosophy of science and extensive use of imagery. More recently, Dr. Pirruccello has undertaken research on metaphilosophical issues connected with cultural interdependence, and is helping to bring French feminist criticism and Chinese Buddhism to bear on critical issues in comparative philosophy. Current research projects/interests include an examination of academic freedom from a cross-cultural perspective, Chan and Zen Buddhist sources of social critique, and comparative analysis of Foucault’s philosophical method.

Teaching Interests

Professor Pirruccello enjoys teaching philosophy from a comparative perspective and includes Asian and Anglo-European thought in her introductory courses.  She teaches surveys of both Asian and contemporary continental philosophy, and has developed special topics courses in comparative, Chinese and French philosophy. She offers courses focused on the philosophical relevance of the Chan and Zen Buddhist traditions and their possible contributions to social life and thought in an interdependent world.