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Professor Barry Allen in the Department of Philosophy is among only five outstanding McMaster faculty members to be newly recognized as ‘complete scholars’ with the title of Distinguished University Professor. His  research in comparative global philosophy focuses on aesthetics, technology, and the theory of knowledge in Chinese and Western philosophical traditions. In 2015, Dr. Allen published two books: Vanishing into Things: Knowledge in Chinese Tradition (Harvard, 2015) and, most recently, Striking Beauty: A Philosophical Look at the Asian Martial Arts (Columbia, 2015) which has been described in multiple reviews as a groundbreaking, original and inspiring work. Read the announcement.