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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Sun Kyeong Yu

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Sun Kyeong Yu

Professor of Philosophy

Office: Armstrong Hall 218Q

  • Areas of Research

Philosophy of Biology

Philosophy of Science

Philosophy of Mind

Cognitive Science

Buddhist Philosophy

  • Courses (joined the Department of Philosophy in Fall 2007)

PHIL101W Mind-Body Problem

PHIL110 Logic & Critical Thinking         

PHIL112W Scientific Reasoning

PHIL122W Introduction to Asian Philosophy 

PHIL358W Topics in Asian Philosophy

PHIL474/574 Philosophy of Mind

PHIL475/575 Philosophical issues in Cognitive Science

PHIL480/580 Philosophy of Science

PHIL481/581 Philosophy of Biology           

  • Education  

Ph.D. 2008, Philosophy, Duke University

M.A. 2005, Philosophy, Duke University 

Graduate Program, 1997-2001, Philosophy, Tufts University

Post-Baccalaureate Special Student, 1995-1997, Philosophy, Brown University

Graduate Program, 1994-1995, Molecular and Cell Biology & Biochemistry, Brown University

Graduate Program, 1992-1993, Molecular Genetics, University of British Columbia, Canada  

M.Sc. 1990, Molecular Biology, Seoul National University, Korea

B.Sc. 1988, Biology, Seoul National Unversity, Korea 

  • Representative Publications


Enlightenment and History: Theory and Praxis in Contemporary Buddhism (translated a Korean-language book to English with Dr. Chang-Seong Hong) Bulkwang Publishing, Korea, 2017 

Philosophy of Biology Thinking Power Publisher, Korea, 2014


24 essays for "Buddhism and BioScience" (authored with Dr. Chang-Seong Hong), Buddhism and Culture (Korean-language monthly Buddhist Magazine), September 2016 ~ August 2018   

"Major Issues in the Philosophy of Biology" Philosophy and Reality, Korea, 2011

"Who's Afraid of Gory Details?" Proceedings of the XXII World Congress of Philosophy, 2008

"Reduction and Progress in Biology" The International Journal of the Humanities, 2007