Joseph Runzo





* Professor of Philosophy, Religious Studies and Honors, Chapman University

* Life Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge University

* Founding Executive Director, Global Ethics and Religion Forum (

* General Co-Editor, "Library of Global Ethics and Religion," Oneworld Publications Ltd., Oxford, England

* Editorial Board Member, Faith and Philosophy

* Honorary Research Scholar, Centre for the Study of World Religions, University of Wales, Lampeter


Short Bio

Joseph Runzo received his M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Michigan,  M.T.S. in religious studies from Harvard Divinity School and was an N.E.H. Fellow for South Asian Religion and Culture at the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii. He is Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Chapman University and Life Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge University. The recipient of six National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships and Awards (USA) and a Spalding Trust (UK) grant for research in India, he has lectured extensively around the world and has published 9 books: Reason, Relativism, and God; Religious Experience and Religious Belief; Is God Real?; Ethics, Religion and the Good Society; World Views and Perceiving God; and (with Nancy M. Martin) The Meaning of Life in the World Religions; Love, Sex, and Gender in the World Religions; and Ethics in the World Religions. His most recently published book, Global Philosophy of Religion is currently being translated into Chinese for the Tsinghua University Distinguished Translation Series in Philosophy. With Nancy M. Martin, he is General Co-Editor of "The Library of Global Ethics and Religion." Human Rights and Responsibilities in the World Religions (with Nancy M. Martin) will be appearing in 2003. Dr. Runzo is currently completing a book entitled War and the Destruction of the Soul and will be Religion and Society Plenary Speaker on "War and the Destruction of the Soul" at the 72nd Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences in June, 2003.


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