Hwansoo Kim

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Associate Professor of Religious Studies; Chair, Council on East Asian Studies
320 York St, New Haven, CT 06511
Areas of interest : 
Asian Religions; Religion and Modernity


RLST 102, EAST 390

Atheism and Buddhism

A critical examination of atheism and religions (Buddhism), with a focus on intellectual, religious, philosophical, and scientific debates about God, the origin of the universe, morality, evolution, neuroscience, happiness, enlightenment, the afterlife, and karma. Readings selected from philosophical, scientific, and religious writings. Authors include some of the following: Charles Darwin, Bertrand Russell, Christopher Hitchins, Richard Dawkins, Deepak Chopra, Sam Harris, Owen Flanagan, Stephen Batchelor, and the Dalai Lama. 

Term: Spring 2023
Day/Time: Th 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM
RLST 121, EALL 296, EAST 391

Religion and Culture in Korea

Introduction to Shamanism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Christianity, and new religions in Korea from ancient times to the present. Examination of religious traditions in close relationships with social, economic, political, and cultural environments in Korean society. Examination of religious tensions, philosophical arguments, and ethical issues that indigenous and foreign religions in Korea have engaged throughout history to maximize their influence in Korean society.  

Term: Spring 2023
Day/Time: M 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM