James Wallace Heisig is a philosopher who specializes in the field of philosophy of religion. He has published a number of books ranging from the notion of God in analytical psychology, the Kyoto School of Philosophy to contemporary inter-religious dialogue. His books, translations, and edited collections, which have appeared in 12 languages, currently number 78 volumes.
He was a lecturer at the Divine Word College even when he was a BA student and graduated with a BA degree in philosophy from the same college in 1966. Then he received his master's degree in philosophy from Loyola University Chicago and another master's degree in Notre Dame University at the same time in 1969. After receiving a PhD in Religious studies at Cambridge University in 1973, he went back to Divine Word College to teach philosophy and religion as a lecturer. Between 1974 and 1978, he was a visiting lecturer at Catholic Theological Union, Instituto Superior de Studios Eclesiásticos and Old Dominion University. In September 1978, he moved to Japan and thereby became a Permanent Research Fellow at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture at the Nanzan University.