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Steven M. Emmanuel

Steven M. Emmanuel

Professor of Philosophy


B.A., Boston University
M.A., Ph.D., Brown University

Office Location: Clarke 203
Phone: 757.455.3405
Email: semmanuel@vwc.edu
Affiliation: Faculty
Website: http://www.stevenemmanuel.net/home.html
Department/s: Philosophy

Steven Emmanuel received his Ph.D. from Brown University and for the past 20 years has taught at Virginia Wesleyan College, where he is Professor of Philosophy. His research interests lie mainly in moral and religious philosophy (East & West) and comparative ethics. He is the author of Kierkegaard & the Concept of Revelation (SUNY, 1996) and editor of several volumes for Blackwell, including The Modern Philosophers: From Descartes to Nietzsche (2001) and the forthcoming Companion to Buddhist Philosophy. In 2008, he produced and directed an award-winning documentary film entitled "Making Peace with Viet Nam."


A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell)
Modern Philosophy: An Anthology (Blackwell, 2002)
The Modern Philosophers: From Descartes to Nietzsche (Blackwell, 2001)
Kierkegaard and the Concept of Revelation (SUNY Press, 1996)
Forthcoming Books:
Contributing Co-Editor, Kierkegaard’s Concepts, 4 volumes. Published as part of the series
Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources (Ashgate Press)
Selected Articles:
“Buddhism: Contemporary Expressions,” a chapter-length essay on socially engaged Buddhism
in The Blackwell Companion to Religion and Social Justice (forthcoming)
“Philosophy,” in the Dictionary of Existentialism (Greenwood, 1999)
“Kierkegaard,” in the Encyclopedia of Philosophy Supplement (MacMillan, 1997)
“Reading Kierkegaard,” Philosophy Today 36 (1992): 240-255
“Kierkegaard on Knowledge and Faith,” Kierkegaardiana 15 (1992): 136-146
“Kierkegaard’s Pragmatist Faith,” Philosophy & Phenomenological Research (1991): 279-302
“Kierkegaard on Doctrine,” Religious Studies 25 (1989): 363-378
Major Review Essays:
“Recent Literature on Kierkegaard,” Religious Studies Review 20 (1994): 286-291
Anthologized Articles:
“Reading Kierkegaard,” in Søren Kierkegaard: Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers,
ed. Daniel W. Conway (Routledge, 2002)
“Interpreting Kierkegaard,” in Sex, Love, and Friendship, edited by Alan Soble and
Barbara Kirshner (Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi, 1997)
“Kierkegaard on Doctrine” was translated for inclusion in a Japanese anthology entitled
Kierkegaard, edited by Kinya Masugata (Kyoto: Showado Co., Ltd., 1993)
“Making Peace with Viet Nam” (2008). Documentary, color/87 minutes. 
Awards & Recognitions:
Best Long Documentary, Beijing International Film Festival (2009)
Audience Award, Red Rock Film Festival (2009)
Merit Award, The Buddhist Film Festival, Sri Lanka (2009)
Official Selection: East Carolina Film Festival (2009) 
National broadcast on Viet Nam Television (April 2009)
Official Selection: NEWFILMMAKERS NY (April 2010)
“Religion Serving Humanity” (2010). Short, color/3 minutes
Produced for the Pluralism Project at Harvard University
“The Monks of Pungo” (2012). Documentary, color/50 minutes.
Part one of a 3-part series entitled “Living in the Pure Land.” The film documents the challenges experienced by a group of Vietnamese Pure Land Buddhists as they attempt to establish a temple in a rural Virginia
Currently in Production:
“Living in the Pure Land,” parts 2 and 3.
“Finding the Still Point” looks at the history and practice of “mindfulness meditation” and its
growing popularity and influence in contemporary Western society. The film also explores the
neuroscience of meditation practice and its implications for research in health and education.

  • Contemplative studies
  • Asian philosophy
  • Ethics

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