Professor Johnson joined the faculty in the fall of 2013. He has been a visiting researcher at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg (Freiburg, Germany), the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture (Nagoya, Japan), the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Kyoto, Japan), and the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, Spain). He has just completed a monograph on the theme of nature in the philosophy of Watsuji Tetsurō, which is scheduled to appear with Northwestern University Press in the summer of 2019. His other research interests include the phenomenology of perception, the nature of expression, and the experience of truth in the work of Nishida, Merleau-Ponty, and Gadamer.
· “Self in Nature, Nature in the Lifeworld: A Reinterpretation of Watsuji’s Concept of Fūdo,” Philosophy East and West, forthcoming in Vol. 68, No. 4, 2018
· “Acting-Intuition and the Achievement of Perception: Merleau-Ponty with Nishida,” Philosophy East and West, Vol. 67, No. 3, 2017, 693-709.
· “Fūdo as the Disclosure of Nature: Re-Reading Watsuji with Heidegger,” forthcoming in Frontiers of Japanese Philosophy 9, ed. Takeshi Morisato (Nagoya: Nanzan Institute Press), 2016.
· “Watsuji’s Topology of the Self,” Asian Philosophy, Vol. 26, No. 3, 2016, 216-240.
· “The Experience of Truth: Gadamer on the Belonging Together of Self, World, and Language,” Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, Vol. 36, No. 2, 2015, 373-96
· “Perception, Expression, and the Continuity of Being: Some Intersections Between Nishida and Gadamer,” Asian Philosophy, Vol. 24, No. 1, 2014, 48-66
· “Merleau-Ponty and the Other World of Painting: A Response,” Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, Vol. 40, No. 1, 2009, 89-97