Associate Professor of Philosophy

Institutional Affiliation

Colorado State University
Department of Philosophy


Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Hawaii

Regional and Thematic Interests

South Asia


Professor MacKenzie specializes in Buddhist and Indian philosophy, philosophy of mind, and metaphysics.  His research takes a cross-cultural, interdisciplinary approach to questions of consciousness, selfhood, and embodiment.  He has published in e.g., Philosophy East & West, Asian Philosophy, and Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences.  He is currently working on a co-authored book titled Enacting Wisdom: Phenomenology, Cognitive Science, and Asian Philosophy and a book titled Luminous Consciousness: A Defense of the Reflexivity of Experience.

Selected Publications

2013. “Enacting Selves, Enacting Worlds: Reflections on the Buddhist Theory of Karma,” Philosophy East and West.

2012. “Luminosity, Subjectivity, and Temporality: An Examination of Buddhist and Advaita Views of Consciousness,” In Hindu and Buddhist Ideas in Dialogue: Self and No-Self, Eds. C. Ram-Prasad and J. Ganeri, Ashgate.

2011. “Enacting the self: Buddhist and enactivist approaches to the emergence of the self,” In Self, No Self? Perspectives from Analytical, Phenomenological, and Indian Traditions, Eds. M. Siderits, E. Thompson, and D. Zahavi, Oxford University Press, pp. 239-273.

2007. “The Illumination of Consciousness: Approaches to Self-Awareness in the Indian and Western Traditions,” Philosophy East and West, Vol. 57, pp. 40-62.