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). Additionally, he works on the philosophy of improvisation and imagination.[3] Asma was a Fulbright Scholar in Beijing China in 2014.[4] He writes regularly for the New York Times, The Stone, and various magazines.[5][6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Asma also plays music professionally, with various bands, playing blues or jazz.[8][9][10] And he has worked as a professional freelance illustrator.[11][12][13]

Publications[edit]

  • 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.
  • "The Myth of Universal Love". New York Times. January 5, 2013.
  • "Monsters on the Brain: An Evolutionary Epistemology of Horror" (PDF). Social Research. Columbia University. 81 (4): 941–968. Winter 2014.
  • "Was Bo Diddley a Buddha?". New York Times. April 10, 2017.
  • The Evolution of Imagination. University of Chicago Press. 2017.
  • Why We Need Religion. Oxford University Press. 2018.
  • The Emotional Mind: the affective roots of culture and cognition. Harvard University Press. 2019.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Faculty". Chicago: Columbia College.
  2. ^ "Member Bios". Columbia College Chicago.
  3. ^ Asma, Stephen T. "The Evolution of Imagination". University of Chicago Press.
  4. ^ "Scholar". Council for International Exchange of Scholars.
  5. ^ "Author". NY Times.
  6. ^ "Author". Aeon. Archived from the original on 2015-06-10.
  7. ^ "Experts". Psychology Today.
  8. ^ "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
  9. ^ "Performance".
  10. ^ "Discography". Sound Cloud.
  11. ^ "Buddha for Beginners". Publishers Weekly.
  12. ^ "Artwork".
  13. ^ "Portfoilio". Carbon Made.

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