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Christopher Harding
Lecturer in Asian history, University of Edinburgh

Christopher Harding is a lecturer in Asian history at the University of Edinburgh, specialising in modern Indian and Japanese history. He was one of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Thinkers, 2013-14.

Written by Christopher Harding

Essay/
Stories and literature
Ghosts on the shore

In Japan, ghost stories are not to be scoffed at, but provide deep insights into the fuzzy boundary between life and death

Christopher Harding

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Death
The be all and end all

Being with someone in death entails more than just physical wellbeing. Can end-of-life care make space for spirituality?

Christopher Harding

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Philosophy of religion
Into nothingness

In the 1940s, Japan’s search for a national philosophy became a battle for existence. Did Zen ideas create the kamikaze?

Christopher Harding

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Philosophy of religion
Silent communion

Christian meditation may sound like an uneasy hybrid, but that awkwardness is hiding something important

Christopher Harding

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Psychiatry and psychotherapy
Couched in kindness

Jakucho Setouchi is a revered nun and famous novelist, yet few know how psychoanalysis shaped her spiritual life

Christopher Harding

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