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.