Stephen T. Asma

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Stephen Asma in 2008 (photo by Brian Wingert

Stephen T. Asma (born 1966) is Professor of Philosophy and Distinguished Scholar at Columbia College Chicago.[1] He is also a Senior Fellow of the Research Group in Mind, Science, and Culture at Columbia College Chicago. [2]

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. [3] He writes regularly for the New York Times, The Stone, and various magazines.[4][5][6]

Personal life[edit]

Asma also plays music professionally, with various bands, playing blues or jazz.[7][8][9] And he has worked as a professional freelance illustrator.[10][11][12]


  • Following Form and Function: A Philosophical Archaeology of Life Science. Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy. Northwestern University Press. 1996. 
  • Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads: The Culture and Evolution of Natural History Museums. New York: Oxford University Press. 2001. 
  • The Gods Drink Whiskey: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment in the Land of the Tattered Buddha. San Francisco: Harper Collins. 2005. 
  • On Monsters: An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears. Oxford University Press. 2009. 
  • Buddha for Beginners. Writers and Readers Publishing Inc. 1996. , Revised by Hampton Roads Publishing, 2009
  • Why I am a Buddhist. Hampton Roads Publishing. 2010. 
  • Against Fairness. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2013. ISBN 9780226029863. 
  • "Monsters on the Brain: An Evolutionary Epistemology of Horror" (PDF). Social Research. Columbia University. 81 (4): 941–968. Winter 2014. 
  • The Evolution of Imagination. University of Chicago Press. 2017. 


  1. ^ "Faculty". Chicago: Columbia College. 
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  3. ^ "Scholar". Council for International Exchange of Scholars. 
  4. ^ "Author". NY Times. 
  5. ^ "Author". Aeon. 
  6. ^ "Experts". Psychology Today. 
  7. ^ "Swing Hakim". Stephen T. Asma (rhythm and slide guitar) is a Chicago blues man who has performed and toured across the country with many great bluesmen, such as Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, and B. B. King 
  8. ^ "Performance". 
  9. ^ "Discography". Sound Cloud. 
  10. ^ "Buddha for Beginners". Publishers Weekly. 
  11. ^ "Artwork". 
  12. ^ "Portfoilio". Carbon Made. 

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