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Steven Emmanuel

Steven Emmanuel
Professor of Philosophy

Virginia Wesleyan University

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Steven Emmanuel

Steven Emmanuel is professor of philosophy at Virginia Wesleyan University, where he has taught since 1992.

A New England native, Emmanuel received his undergraduate degree from Boston University and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Brown. His research and teaching interests lie mainly in the history of philosophy and ethics, with a special focus on comparative moral and religious thought. Since graduate school, he has worked extensively on the 19th-century Danish thinker Søren Kierkegaard, and in more recent years has immersed himself in the study of Asian philosophical traditions. His interest in Asian thought and culture has led to student-faculty research projects in Vietnam and China, as well as extended individual research trips to other parts of Asia including India and Japan.

Emmanuel is a recipient of Virginia Wesleyan’s Distinguished Teaching Award, as well as the Batten Distinguished Scholar Award. In addition to numerous articles in respected journals on philosophy and religion, Emmanuel has published 12 books. In 2008, he produced and directed an award-winning feature-length documentary film, “Making Peace with Viet Nam,” which examined the challenges of reconciliation in the aftermath of war. Emmanuel has received grants from the Freeman and Mellon foundations (both administered through ASIANetwork), as well as the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Philosophical Society.

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