Stephen T. Asma

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Stephen Asma in 2008 (photo by Brian Wingert

Stephen T. Asma (b 1966) is Professor of Philosophy and Distinguished Scholar at Columbia College Chicago,[1]

He works on the philosophy of the life sciences, and the theme of Religion and Science (especially Buddhism and Christianity). Asma was a Fulbright Scholar in Beijing China in 2014. [2] He writes regularly for the New York Times, The Stone. [3]


  • On Monsters: An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears. Oxford University Press (2009)
  • Why I am a Buddhist. Hampton Roads Publishing (2010)
  • The Gods Drink Whiskey: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment in the Land of the Tattered Buddha. HarperCollins San Francisco June 1, 2005 (paper 2006)
  • Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads: The Culture and Evolution of Natural History Museums. Oxford University Press, New York. April, 2001 (paperback May 2003).
  • Buddha for Beginners. Writers and Readers Publishing Inc, 1996. Revised and republished by Hampton Roads Publishing, 2009.
  • Following Form and Function: A Philosophical Archaeology of Life Science. Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy Series, Northwestern University Press. December 1996.


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