Ph.D., University of Hawai'i-Manoa, May 2015
Meilin Chinn specializes in Aesthetics and Chinese Philosophy. Other areas of research and teaching include Buddhist Philosophy, Environmental Philosophy, and Phenomenology. In her scholarship and teaching, Chinn centers work that broadens the cultural and conceptual boundaries of philosophy. She is currently writing about a number of topics related to the age old question of how music is meaningful, including how music is sensed, and the relationship of music to truth. Other projects include virtue as skill in Chinese philosophy, Chinese philosophical approaches to environmental issues, and a comparison of Daoist alchemical practices with phenomenology. She is also the editor of a three volume collection titled Asian Aesthetics: Primary Sources, underway with Bloomsbury Press. Select publications include “Only Music Cannot Be Faked” (Dao), “Music With and Without Images” (Journal of Chinese Philosophy), “Sensing the Wind: The Timely Music of Nature’s Memory” (Journal of Environmental Philosophy) and “Persona: Resounding Selves and Empty Music,” (In On the True Sense of Art: A Critical Companion to the Transfigurements of John Sallis). Chinn also maintains a long running scholarly and artistic investigation into the void, emptiness, and nothing.