I indulge myself in philosophy time to time whenever I have a moment to
myself. At other times, I am an father of two lovely girls, a husband to a
beautiful wife, and a owner and operator of a consulting firm (EEO 21, LLC)
handling discrimination complaints nationwide from Philadelphia.
I was born in Taegu, Korea, grew up in Seoul, and immigrated to the United
States at age 14. I graduated Amundsen High School in Chicago, Wheaton College
in Illinois, received the Master of Arts in Religion from Westminster Theological
Seminary, and MA in philosophy from Villanova University. I have been
working on a Ph.D. dissertation for Loyola University of Chicago in the area of
ethics (The Law and the Face: A Study of Freedom in Kant and Levinas) under
Prof. Adriaan T. Peperzak.
At one time I was an adjunct professor and taught philosophy, ethics, business
ethics, world religions in various schools including Widener University (PA), The
Holy Family University (Philadelphia), Villanova University (PA), Loyola
University of Chicago, and Montgomery County Community College (PA).
I used to work for Pennsylvania Human Relations Commissions (Philadelphia)
for 9 years as an investigator of employment discrimination.
I enjoy classical music, classic rock, and jazz. I used to make stained glass
windows and freelanced as a Korean interpreter. I enjoy movies as time permits.
Besides philosophy, my interest also lies in the early Korean church history,
particularly in the period during the World War II when Japanese forced Shinto
worship upon Koreans. Many Korean Christians, including my father (Rev. In
Jae Lee), opposed and actively campaigned against Shinto worship and as result
were imprisoned, where many died.
I see the aim of religions and philosophy to be the same: how to live well. From
Socrates to Levinas, from Jesus through Paul and to Buddha this was the ultimate
concern. Desire to build a kingdom of God (a world of justice and mercy) is
closely tied to the question of living well as an individual, because one cannot live
well in an unjust and unmerciful world. The ancient Israelites have discovered
this and before them the Hindus. I endeavor to contribute in whatever small way
possible to the universal desire of building a better world. I cannot rest until
some justice is done to the wretched.
of Resurrection, and of Nirvana.
|Chungsoo J. Lee
|A philosophic and religious corner