Stephen Kaplan

Stephen Kaplan


Department : Religious Studies

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Phone : 718-862-7113

Office : MGL 430


PHD, Temple University
BA, Pennsylvania State University


Hindu and Buddhist thought with a special interest in comparative psychological and philosophical studies. The comparative studies have often revolved around the use of holography as a model for understanding psychological and philosophical issues in a cross-cultural context.

Publications & Professional Activities

His most recent book is Different Paths, Different Summits: A Model for Religious Pluralism (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002). Dr. Kaplan has published articles in a number of edited volumes and leading journals such as Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Philosophy East and West, Journal of Indian Philosophy, Journal of Asian Philosophy, Zygon, Journal of Religious Pluralism, and Eastern Buddhist as well as another book on Indian and comparative philosophy.

Honors & Awards

Dr. Kaplan received a 2002 Science and Religion Course Award from the Center for Theology and Natural Sciences. This grant was for the design and implementation of Mind, Brain and the Search for the Self - an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approach to understanding human nature, utilizing materials from religion, philosophy, the neurosciences and the field of artificial intelligence. This course is offered as RELS 425: Psychology and Religion (WordPerfect format). In 2006, Kaplan was a Senior Investigator at the Mind & Life Summer Research Institute exploring the intersections of Buddhist thought and the neurosciences.


In addition to his scholarly pursuits, Stephen Kaplan has also been involved in New York City public school reform. He has chaired the development and establishment of an alternative elementary school - PS 51. He also received a New Vision II Award to open a public middle school and a high school in New York City. This school, the Jonas Bronck Academy, an educational collaboration with Manhattan College, originally located on the MC campus, is moving to a new location in the Bronx (2009). Kaplan has also been actively engaged as a community organizer for over a decade working on the redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory as a commercial, recreational, and educational center.

Courses Taught/Teaching

RELS 110      The Nature and Experience of Religion
RELS 300      Special Topic
RELS 354      Buddhism: Its Development and Interpretation
RELS 358      Religions of India
RELS 400      Special Topic