Originally hailing from California, poet/philosopher/scholar Scott Eastham holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of California, and lectures in English & Media Ecology at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. His courses examine the interaction of media and culture at many levels, with a special emphasis on questions of technology and human values in a cross-cultural light. He is the Editor of several of Raimon Panikkar's best-known works (e.g., Myth, Faith & Hermeneutics, The Intrareligious Dialogue, The Cosmotheandric Experience, & The Rhythm of Being), and for many years served as English Editor of the bilingual journal InterCulture. His own books include Paradise & Ezra Pound, The Radix, Nucleus, The Media Matrix, Biotech Time-Bomb, and American Dreamer.
Of his intellectual 'itinerary', Scott Eastham writes:
"I have found my scholarly centre moving from the broken fragments and discontinuities of Modernism, where traditional values and modernity famously collided in the 20th Century, toward a new integral vision, where dialogue between diverse cultures and religions is welcomed to avoid universalizing any single viewpoint in the 21st. Hence my focus not only on well-known modernist figures like Ezra Pound and Bucky Fuller, but also on humanist critics of technocracy like Lewis Mumford, Jacques Ellul, and Ivan Illich, including efforts to apply their insights to particular problematics like the nuclear issue and genetic engineering. For the past three and a half decades I have also had the good fortune to collaborate closely (first as a grad student, later as translator and English editor) with renowned philosopher of radical pluralism Raimon Panikkar, the great pioneer of intercultural and inter-religious dialogue whose ’cosmotheandric intuition’ presents – in my view, obviously – just such an integral vision."