Dr. Bongrae Seok

Associate Professor of Philosophy

 

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
  • MA Philosophy, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)


Dr. Bongrae Seok, associate professor of philosophy, teaches major areas of philosophy (Intro, Logic, Ethics,, Modern and Contemporary Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind/Psychology, Philosophy of Law) and researches in philosophy of mind and Asian philosophy. With his background in neuroscience and psychology, he brings interdisciplinary perspectives in his areas of research interest, particularly on moral cognition, moral psychology, and Asian philosophy. He also teaches in a leadership course in Alvernia PhD Leadership program and philosophy of law (law and justice and ethics and law) regularly in the undergraduate pre-law track. In addition to philosophy, he studies the classical art and music and gives lectures and presentations in local museums.

About Dr. Seok:

  • BA in Philosophy (Minor in Aesthetics) (Seoul National University)
  • M.A. in philosophy, Minor in Cognitive Science (Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, AZ)
  • Ph. D. in Philosophy (Modularity of Mind, Encapsulation by Nature (Univ. of Arizona)
  • Adjunct Professor (Department of Philosophy, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.)
  • PostDoctoral Research Fellow in Neural Systems, Memory and Aging (Univ. of Arizona)
  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Alvernia University (Reading Pennsylvania)
  • Associate Professor of Philosophy, Alvernia University (Reading, Pennsylvania)

Areas of Specialization

  • Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science
  • Asian Philosophy (Confucian Philosophy, Daoism, and Buddhism)
  • Confucian Moral Psychology
  • Moral Psychology (Moral Emotion, Embodied Moral Cognition, Moral Disposition, Moral Development)
  • Philosophy of NeuroScience
  • NeuroEthics (Psychopathy, Autism)
  • Metaphysics of Space and Emptiness
  • Cognitive Modularity


Books

  • 2013: Embodied Moral Psychology and Confucian Philosophy (Lexington Books)
  • 2006: Philosophy, The Intellectual Journey. Mason OH Wadsworth. 
  • 2009: Logical Thinking, Thomson. 
  • 2003: Logic and Psycho-Logic, Seo Kwang Sa Publishing Company, Seoul, South Korea. (Academic Book of the Year Award) 
  • 2002: Daniel Dennett (Brook & Ross eds. 2002), Seoul, Mind and Body Publishing Company. - Translation 
  • 1998: Philosophical Applications of Cognitive Science, (A. Goldman, 1993), Seoul: Seo Kwang Sa Publishing Company - Translation 
  • 1997: The Embodied Mind, Cognitive Science and Human Experience, (F. Varela, E. Thompson, and E. Rosch, 1991) Translation. Seoul, Korea: Okto Publishing Company. - Translation 
  • 1992: Matter and Consciousness, (P. M. Churchland 1988), Translation. Seoul, Korea: Seo Kwang Sa Publishing Co. - Translation


Book Chapters

    • 2014 (in preparation) “Mencius and Contemporary Cognitive Science.”
    • 2014 (in preparation) Moral Metaphysics and Moral Psychology of Qi and Emotion: Toegye’s Li Qi dualism.” 
    • 2014 (in preparation) Embodied Moral Psychology of Confucian Philosophy” in The Philosophical Challenge from China, MIT press.
    • 2014 “Sensuality of Embodied Space in Language, Psychopathology, and Art: Body-Full Experience of Body-Less Emptiness” in Rendezvous with the Sensuous: Readings on Aesthetics. Cambridge Scholars Publishing (edited by John Murungi).


      Recent Articles

        • 2014/March: “Buddhist Meditation and Neuroscience”  Buddhism and Culture.
        • 2014/Jan: “Extended Review of The Embodied Mind””  Buddhism and Culture.
        • 2013: “Neuroscience, Moral Sentimentalism, and Confucian Philosophy: Moral Psychology of the Body and Emotion,” APA (American Philosophical Association) Newsletter, 13-1, 3-8. [It is a full philosophical paper.]
        • 2011:  Entries in the Encyclopedia of Global Justice, Springer 
        • Entries on Fallacy of Composition, Virtue Ethics, Collective Decision Problems, Moral Reasoning, Prisoner’s Dilemma, Confucianism, Xunzi, and Laozi 
        • 2009: “Franciscan Themes in Leadership Philosophy” AFCU Journal Vol. 6-1, pg. 42-51 (January, 2009) 
        • 2008: “Mencius’s Vertical Faculties and Moral Nativism” Asian Philosophy (Vol. 18-1, March 2008). 
        • 2007: "Change, Contradiction, and Overconfidence; Chinese Philosophy and Cognitive Peculiarities of Asians" Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy (Vol. VI-3, Autumn 2007) 
        • 2006: “Diversity and Unity of Modularity” Cognitive Science 30 (March/April, 2006) 
        • 2005: “Review of Goldin’s Xunzi's Philosophy” Dao, A Journal of Comparative Philosophy (Vol. IV, No. 2, Summer, 2005) 
        • 2004: “Review of Gardner’s Zhu Xi’s Reading of Analects: Canon, Commentary, and the Classical Tradition” Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, Vol. IV, No. 1 (2004 Winter) 
        • 2001: "Linguistic Productivity and Chomskyan Grammar" Lingua Humanitas, Seoul, Korea


          Recent Conference Presentations

            • 2014: Hermeneutics, History, and Ming (Fate) in Confucian philosophy, The Hermeneutics East and West Conference, Penn State University, College Park, PA. 5/16 - 17, 2014.
            • 2014: Biological, Cultural, and Moral Evolution of Shame: From Survival Strategy and Social Exchange to Moral Excellence (The 30th Conference on Value Inquiry (Evolution and Foundations of Ethics, Neumann University, Aston PA 5/1 ~ 5/3/2014.
            • 2014: "Moral Asymmetry: Honesty and Dishonesty" Felician Ethics Conference. (Felician College, Rutherford, N.J. 4/26/2014)
            • 2014:  Sixth Annual Geo-aesthetics Conference, International Association for the Study of Environment, Space, and Place, Towson University, Baltimore, March 14-15, 2014.
            • 2014: “Confucian Self-Cultivation and Meta-Virtue “ SACP session in APA (American Philosophical Association) annual conference, Central Division, Chicago, (3/1/2014)
            • 2013: “Four Seven Debate and Moral Psychology of Korean Confucianism” Invited Session on Korean Philosophy, APA (American Philosophical Association) annual conference, Eastern Division, Baltimore, (December, 2013) 
            • 2013: “Moral Virtuosity, Moral Improvisation, and Moral Sense in Confucian Spontaneity” Invited Session on Spontaneity, APA (American Philosophical Association) annual conference, Eastern Division, Baltimore, (December, 2013) 
            • 2013: Commenting on (David Chai’s  "Mental Blindness and Moral Rectitude: the Jeibi Chapter of the Xunzi" ACPA session in APA (American Philosophical Association) annual conference, Eastern Division, Baltimore, (12/28/2013)
            • 2013: Commenting on a paper (H. Kim’s “Emotion and Judgment: Two Roots of Moral Motivation in Mengzi”) ACPA session in APA (American Philosophical Association) annual conference, Eastern Division, Baltimore, (12/28/2013) 
            • 2013: “Negative Confucian Virtue” The 31th Annual Meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy (SAGP) with the Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy and Science (SSIPS) (Fordham University, New York. 2013)
            • 2013: “Moral Luck and Confucian Philosophy” The 18th International Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy, Buffalo, NY. (July, 2013).
            • 2013: Commenting on a paper (Ellie HuaWang’s The New Situationist Challenge and a Potential Xunzian Reply”) APA (American Philosophical Association) conference, Pacific Division, San Francisco, (March, 2013).
            • 2013: “Neuro-aestheticcs and Embodied Expression of Beauty”  Fifth Annual Geo-aesthetics Conference, International Association for the Study of Environment, Space, and Place, Towson University, Baltimore, March 8-9, 2013.
            • 2013: "Negative Virtues and the Sustainability Approach" in the seventh annual Felician ethics conference (April 20, 2013, Felician College, Rutherford NJ).
            • 2013: “Shame as a Moral Disposition: Confucian Shame and Virtue” APA (American Philosophical Association) annual conference, Central Division, New Orleans, LA (February, 2013)
            • 2012: “Embodied Moral Cognition and Confucian Philosophy ”APA (American Philosophical Association) annual conference, Eastern Division (Atlanta, GA, December, 2012) 
            • 2012: “Supervenience and Confucian Virtue” APA (American Philosophical Association) annual conference, Eastern Division (Atlanta, GA, December, 2012) 
            • 2012: “Correlative Homology and Confucian Moral Virtue” The 30th Annual Meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy (SAGP) with the Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy and Science (SSIPS) (Fordham University, New York. 10/19 -10/21 /2012)


              Museum Presentations

              • Iconography and History of Indian Art , Allentown Art Museum (Allentown, PA) (4/30/2007)
              • Images of Buddha, Allentown Art Museum (Allentown, PA) (10/4/2006)
              • Asian Culture and Art, Reading Public Museum (Reading, PA) (1/17/2006)
              • Indian Art; General Overview, Allentown Art Museum (Allentown PA) (7/28/2005).
              • Indian Art: Artistic Forms and Religious Background, Allentown Art Museum (Allentown, PA) (1/3/2005)
              • Indian Arts: Hindu Gods Goddesses, Reading Public Museum (Reading, PA) (12/2/2004)
              • Asian Art and Symbolism, Reading Public Museum (Reading, PA) (3/30/2004).


              Currently working on:

              • NeuroEthics (Autism, Psychopathy)
              • NeuroAesthetics (disinterested interest)
              • Metaphysics and Psychology of Space and Emptiness
              • Moral Cognition and Social Cognition
              • Emotion and Moral Psychology
              • Modularity of ToM (Theory of Mind) in Early Childhood: Association of Executive Function (EF) and ToM (Theory of Mind)
              • Modularity and Consciousness
              • Part and Whole in Spatial Cognition
              • Metaphysics of Empty Nothingness
              • Virtue Epistemology and Cognitive Style


              Courses

              • Introduction to Philosophy
              • Introduction to Logic
              • Minds, Brains and Computers
              • Contemporary Philosophy of Mind
              • Modern & Contemporary Philosophy
              • Problems of Philosophy
              • Eastern Philosophy and Religion
              • Philosophy of Moral Psychology
              • Mind and Morality
              • Moral Blindness
              • NeuroEthics
              • Embodied Ethics
              • Ethics of Cyberspace
              • Law and Justice
              • Ethics and Law
              • Dangerous Knowledge: Ethics and Technology
              • Ethical Decision-Making in Business
              • Ethics and Game Theory
              • Moral Leadership (Graduate, Master)
              • Professional Organizational Ethics (Graduate, Master)
              • Ethics and Decision-Making (Graduate, Ph.D.)

Contact Information

 
Img: Bongrae Seok

Bongrae Seok, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy

     Francis Hall 244
     Phone:  610.796.8435
     Fax: 610.790.1908
     bongrae.seok@alvernia.edu