professor emeritus of theology, Claremont School of Theology,
professor emeritus of religion, Claremont Graduate University, and
co-director, Center for Process Studies, Claremont, Calif.

John Cobb’s strong concern for the unity of knowledge led him to found Claremont Graduate University’s Center for Process Studies, which brings diverse disciplines together and to bear on urgent current issues. Ecological concerns resulted in his ongoing investigation of economic policies and the theories that undergird them.

Born in Japan to Methodist missionaries, Cobb attended the University of Chicago, earning a master’s degree there in 1949 and a Ph.D. from the Divinity School in 1952. He taught at the Claremont Graduate School for 30 years (1960-1990), where he also founded the Center for Process Studies and co-founded Mobilization for the Human Family. His academic pursuits have focused on religious pluralism—especially Buddhist-Christian dialogue—and sustainability and other ecological issues. He was named a Fulbright professor at the University of Mainz, Germany, and a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and has been a visiting professor at Rikkyo University (Japan), Harvard, and Vanderbilt, among other institutions. Cobb is the author or co-author of 30 books, including For the Common Good: Redirecting the Economy toward Community, the Environment, and a Sustainable Future (with Herman Daly, 1989), Sustainability (1992), Sustaining the Common Good (1994), and The Earthist Challenge to Economism: A Theological Critique of the World Bank (1999). He is the editor of eight others, most recently The Green National Product: A Proposed Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare (1994).

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