Gereon Kopf

Gereon Kopf portrait
Professor of Religion

Office: Ockham House 15

Phone: 563-387-1497



Education: Ph.D., Religious Studies, Temple University; M.A., Temple University

Gereon Kopf¬†received his Ph.D. from Temple University and is currently professor of¬†East¬†Asian religions and philosophy of religion in the religion department at Luther College. He is also an adjunct professor of the Faculty of Theology and Religious¬†Studies¬†at the¬†University¬†of Iceland and a research fellow at the International Institute for Philosophy at¬†TŇćyŇ欆University.

As a research fellow of the Japan Foundation and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, he conducted research in 1993 and 1994 at ŇĆbirin University in Machida, Japan, and at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture in Nagoya, Japan, from 2002 to 2004.¬†In the academic year of 2008-2009, he taught at the Centre of Buddhist Studies at the University of Hong Kong. 2013-2014, he was a visiting lecturer at Saitama University and a Visiting researcher at TŇćyŇ欆University from 2011-2016.

He is the author of Beyond Personal Identity (2001), the co-editor of Merleau-Ponty and Buddhism (2009), the editor of the Dao Companion to Japanese Buddhist Philosophy (2019), and the editor of the Journal of Buddhist Philosophy. He publishes widely on Japanese, Buddhist, and global philosophy and contributes a series of essays on Japanese Buddhism to

He is the principal investigator of a grant from the Wabash Center to develop innovative strategies to teach ‚Äúphilosophy of religion inclusively to diverse students‚ÄĚ in 2020-2021. He is currently developing a new approach to philosophy called “multi-entry philosophy,” a non-essentialist philosophy of mind, and an ethics based on a¬†non-essentialist conception of identity¬†formation.

Professor, Department of Religion
Luther College

Adjunct Professor
Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
University of Iceland

Visiting Researcher
International Research Center for Philosophy
TŇćyŇć University

Journal of Buddhist Philosophy
SUNY Press

View Kopf Instagram: @multientryphilosophy

Read blog posts for Buddhistdoor.

Religions of East Asia, Zen Buddhist philosophy, global-critical philosophy of religion, global-critical philosophy of mind, ethics, critical theory