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Drew Leder, Ph.D.

Drew Leder

Please visit Professor Leder's Personal Website for more information.


  • B.A. – Yale University (Psychology/Philosophy), 1976
  • Ph.D. - Philosophy,  State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1987.
  • M.D. -Yale University School of Medicine, 1986.

Courses Taught

  • PL 216 Asian Thought (Philosophies of Hinduism and Buddhism)
  • PL 201 Foundations of Philosophy
  • HN 280 Honors - Modern World
  • PL 398 Philosophy of Film
  • PL 354 East Asian Philosophy (Taoism)
  • PL 314 Environmental Ethics
  • PL 324 Philosophy of Service (Professor Leder has a special interest in service-learning teaching)


  • The Healing Body: Creative Responses to Illness, Aging, and Affliction, Northwestern University Press, 2023.
  • The Distressed Body: Rethinking Illness, Imprisonment, and Healing, University of Chicago Press, 2016.
  • Sparks of the Divine: Finding Inspiration in Our Everyday World, Sorin Books/Ave Maria Press, 2004.
  • The Soul Knows No Bars: Inmates Reflect on Life, Death and Hope (with inmate co-authors, foreword by Cornel West) Rowman and Littlefield, 2000, paperback, 2001.
  • Games for the Soul: 40 Playful Ways to Find Fun and Fulfillment in a Stressful World, Hyperion, 1998. Translated into Chinese.
  • Spiritual Passages: Embracing Life's Sacred Journey, Tarcher/Putnam, 1997.
  • The Body in Medical Thought and Practice, editor, Kluwer Academic Press, 1992.
  • The Absent Body, University of Chicago Press, 1990.

Areas of Specialization

  • Cross-cultural Spirituality
  • Philosophy of the Body
  • Philosophy of Medicine
  • Asian Philosophy
  • Continental Philosophy