Carl M. Johnson is a philosopher and programmer, currently employed as a senior software engineer at Ad Hoc LLC. Before Ad Hoc, Carl worked for PBS and The Atlantic. In 2012, Carl received a Ph.D. in comparative philosophy for a dissertation entitled “Watsuji Tetsurō and the Subject of Aesthetics” (pdf) from the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa. In 2006, he received a master’s degree from the University of Hawaii. From 2004 until 2006, he taught English as a member of the JET Programme in Toyama Prefecture, Japan at Fukuoka Senior High School and Takaoka School for the Hearing Impaired. In 2004, he graduated from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina with a double major in philosophy and computer science. In 2000, he graduated from high school at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics.
Carl’s areas of philosophical specialization are Japanese philosophy (especially the Kyoto School), Chinese philosophy (especially Confucianism), aesthetics, and epistemology. He also has an interest in Plato, early modern philosophy, feminist philosophy, American philosophy, Eastern Christianity, and the intersection of computer science with philosophy.