Richard A. Cohen

PhD

Richard Cohen.

Richard A. Cohen

PhD

Richard A. Cohen

PhD

Professor
Director, Levinas Philosophy Summer Seminar
Affiliated Faculty

Contact Information

712 Clemens Hall, North Campus

Buffalo NY, 14260

Phone: (716) 645-3695

Fax: (716) 645-3473

racohen@buffalo.edu

Education

  • PhD, Philosophy, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1980
  • MA, Philosophy, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1976
  • Philosophy Universite de Paris, Paris-Sorbonne, 1974-1975
  • BA, Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 1972
  • BA, Political Science, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 1972

About

Professor Richard A. Cohen works in the area of modern and contemporary continental philosophy and Jewish thought. He has recently published Out of Control: Confrontations between Spinoza and Levinas (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2016). The book is a critique of Spinoza’s metaphysics and theological-political philosophy from the point of view of a deeper understanding of ethics and Judaism. He is also Director of the annual Levinas Philosophy Summer Seminar, and the NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers, held at UB July 17-21, 2017. Cohen has been invited during spring semester 2017 to be a Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Rome – La Sapienza. He will be giving a series of lectures proposing a critical and progressive Theory of Justice in the face of contemporary challenges to democracy, social solidarity and the environment.

Teaching

  • 2016-Present
    Professor, Department of Jewish Thought
    Affiliated Professor, Department of Philosophy
    University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Fall 2008-2015
    Director, Institute of Jewish Thought and Heritage
    Professor, Department of Philosophy
    University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Fall 1994-Spring 2008
    Isaac Swift Distinguished Professor of Judaic Studies; Full Professor, Department of Religious Studies,
    University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Fall 1989-Spring 1994
    Aaron Aronov Chair of Judaic Studies; Associate Professor
    Department of Religious Studies, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, A.L.
  • Fall 1988-Spring 1989
    Associate Professor, Department of Humanities
    Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, O.H.
  • Fall 1985-Spring 1988
    Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
    Loyola College, Baltimore, M.D.
  • Fall 1980-Spring 1985
    Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
    Pennsylvania State University, Scranton, P.A.

Director: Levinas Philosophy Summer Seminar

  • July 2017: "Emmanuel Levinas on Morality, Justice and the Political," University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y., U.S.
  • July 2016: "Free Speech and Difficult Freedom," Berkeley, C.A., U.S.
  • July 2015: "Eros and Ethics,” John Cabot University, Rome, Italy
  • July 2014: "Levinas and Kant: The Primacy of Ethics,” University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y., U.S.
  • July 2013: "The Origin of Responsibility,” Vilnius, Lithuania

Visiting Professor

  • Fall 2008, Jewish Theological Seminary, N.Y., U.S.
  • Summer 2006, 2005, 2004, 2002, John Cabot University, Rome, Italy
  • Spring 2003, John Cabot University and Loyola University of Chicago in Rome, Rome, Italy
  • Summer 2001, (Scholar-in-Residence) John Cabot University, Rome, Italy
  • Spring 1999, Tel Aviv University (Department of Jewish Philosophy), Ramat Aviv, Israel
  • Spring 1994, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Department of Jewish Thought), Jerusalem, Israel

Books