Office Hours

Wednesdays 10:00-2:00 and by appointment


Steve Bein

Visiting Assistant Professor

of Philosophy and History

1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454
Faculty Information


  • PhD, Philosophy, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Kenkyūsei, Obirin University
  • MA, Philosophy, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • BA, Philosophy, Eastern Illinois University

Research Interests

Compassion in comparative (East-West) ethics, the intersection of environmental ethics and applied ethics, Dōgen, Watsuji Tetsurō

Publications and Professional Activities

  • “Suffering Well: Understanding the Qualities of Suffering through the Martial Arts.” In Damon Knight and Graham Priest, eds., Philosophy and the Martial Arts. Routledge (forthcoming).
  • Compassion and Moral Guidance. University of Hawai'i Press Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy Monograph Series, 2013.
  • Purifying Zen: Watsuji Tetsurō's Shamon Dōgen. University of Hawai'i Press, 2011.
  • "The Meaning of Repentance in Dōgen's Shushōgi." In Jason Tetsuzen Wirth, Kosho Itagaki, and Brian Shūdō Schroeder, eds., A Commentary on Dōgen's Shushōgi: The Meaning of Practice and Verification. University of Hawai'i Press (forthcoming).
  • "What Is the Value of Poverty? A Comparative Analysis of Aristotle's Politics and the Shōbōgenzō Zuimonki." In Roger T. Ames and Peter Herschock, eds., Value and Values: Economics and Justice in an Age of Global Interdependence. University of Hawai'i Press (forthcoming).
  • "Shinran and Dōgen." (Translator.) In James W. Heisig and T.P. Kasulis, eds., Source Book in Japanese Philosophy. University of Hawai'i Press, 2011.


  • American Philosophical Association
  • Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy
  • Continental and Comparative Philosophy Circle
  • Society for the Study of Philosophy and the Martial Arts