James W. Heisig is a Permanent Fellow of the Nanzan Institute for Religion & Culture and Professor Emeritus, the Faculty of Arts and Letters, Nanzan University. After completing his studies in Europe (Ph.D. Cantab.), Dr. Heisig taught philosophy and religion in the United States and Latin America for five years. He joined the staff of the Nanzan Institute in 1978 and served as Director from 1991–2001.
His books, translations, and edited collections, which have appeared in twelve languages, currently number 75 volumes. They include Philosophers of Nothingness: An Essay on the Kyoto School, Dialogues at One Inch above the Ground, and his Nothingness and Desire: An East-West Philosophical Antiphony appeared in summer 2013 from the University of Hawai’i Press. Jesus’ Twin: A Dialogue with the Gospel of Thomas, is his latest book.
Dr. Heisig is also the general editor of the nineteen-volume series Nanzan Studies in Religion and Culture and Essays in Japanese Philosophy, co-editor of Nanzan Library of Asian Religion and Culture, an Italian series on Japanese philosophy, Tetsugaku, a series of volumes on Korean Religions, and the author of a best-selling series of books on the Japanese writing system and a new series on the Chinese writing system.