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

  • 2012: 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


Recent Articles

  • In progress: "Mencius’s Ceyinzhixin and Nociceptive Mirror Emotion” in The Philosophical Challenges from China (ed. Brian Bruya) MIT press
  • 2011:  Entries in the Encyclopedia of Global Justice, Springer
    • Fallacy of Composition
    • Virtue Ethics
    • Collective Decision Problem
    • Moral Reasoning
    • Prisoner's Dilemma
    • Confucianism
    • Xunzi
    • 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

  • 2013: “Moral Luck and Confucian Philosophy” The 18th International Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy (Buffalo, NY July 2013)
  • 2013: “Neuro-Aesthetics and Embodied Expression of Beauty” Fifth Annual Geo-Aesthetics Conference, (Towson, MD, March, 2013)
  • 2013: “Shame as a Moral Disposition: Confucian Shame and Virtue” APA conference, Central Division (New Orleans, LA, February, 2013)
  • 2012: “Embodied Moral Cognition and Confucian Philosophy” APA Conference, Eastern Division (Atlanta, GA, December, 2012)
  • 2012: “Supervenience and Confucian Virtue” APA Conference, Eastern Division (Atlanta, GA, December, 2012)
  • 2012: “Other-Regarding Emotion without Sympathy” Felician Ethics Conference (April, 2012)
  • 2012: "What is Qing? A Situationist interpretation" APA (the American philosophical Association) Conference, Pacific Division (Washington, WA 4/7/2012)
  • 2012: "Buren and Ren: Mencius's Theory of Moral Emotion" APA (the American Philosophical Association) Conference, Central Division (Chicago, 2/17/2012)
  • 2011: Comment and Review of "Virtue, Education, and Liberty" (David Elstein) APA (the American Philosophical Association) Conference, Eastern Division, (Washington DC, 12/28/2011)
  • 2011: "Embodied Ren in Confucianism," in the Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy (Invited Lecture) Columbia University, (New York, 11/11/2011)
  • 2011: Does Mencius Care? The Heart of Compassion and Care, APA (the American Philosophical Association) Conference, Pacific Division, (San Diego, 2011)
  • 2011: Empathy, Moral Agency, and Autism, Felician Ethics Conference. (Felician College, Rutherford, N.J. 4/30/2011)
  • 2011: Sensual Experience of Non-Sensuous Things. Third Annual Geo-aesthetics Conference
  • 2010: Mencius's Ceyinzhixin (the heart of compassion) and the moral psychology of empathy, The 28th Annual Meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy (SAGP) with the Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy and Science (SSIPS) (New York. 10/15 -17/2010)
  • 2010: Moral Psychology of Korean Neo-Confucianism, the Four Seven Debate and ToeGye's Dualism, The 28th Annual Meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy (SAGP) with the Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy and Science (SSIPS) (New York. 10/15 - 17/2010)
  • 2010: "Ethics and Scientific Research" - Panel Discussion 45th MAALACT (Middle Atlantic Association of Liberal Arts Chemistry Teachers) Conference, Session on educational issues and ethics, 11/6/2010
  • 2010: Character of Situation? A Confucian Response to Situational Social Psychology, APA (the American Philosophical Association) Conference, Pacific Division, (San Francisco 3/31 - 4/4/2010)
  • 2010: One and the Others, Other-Regarding Orientation of Confucian Moral Psychology, APA (the American Philosophical Association) Conference, Central Division, (Chicago, 2/18/2010)
  • 2010: Character or Situation? A Confucian Response to Situational Social Psychology, APA (the American Philosophical Association) Conference, Pacific Division, (San Francisco 3/21-4/4, 2010)


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