Joe McClellan is currently finishing his PhD at Columbia University's Dept. of Religion. His dissertation analyzes Hegel's teleological vision of history (but not his relational metaphysics) as an obstacle to performing a "non-triumphalistic" comparative philosophy that would demand open canons and a life-centered philosophical orientation. He has a long background in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist studies and Tibetan language and has taught the history of Western philosophy. His research interests include Hegel, Nietzsche, speculative realism, Michel Onfray, madhyamaka, esoteric Buddhism, and gender studies.