Richard A. Cohen

PhD

Richard Cohen.

Richard A. Cohen

PhD

Richard A. Cohen

PhD

Professor
Director, Levinas Philosophy Summer Seminar
Affiliated Faculty
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, with a recent emphasis on political philosophy. His latest single-author book is Out of Control: Confrontations between Spinoza and Levinas (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2016).  He is  Director of the annual Levinas Philosophy Summer Seminar, which has been funded by the NEH in 2017 and 2020.  Cohen was invited during spring semester 2019 to be a Visiting Research Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Rome – La Sapienza.

Teaching

  • 2016-Present
    Professor, Department of Jewish Thought (Chair, Fall 2016, Spring 2017)
    Affiliated Professor, Department of Philosophy; Department of Comparative Literature
    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

  • August 2020: “Emmanuel Levinas: Ethics of Democracy,” University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, USA. (NEH funded)
  • July 2019: “Irresponsibility and Justice,” Center for Jewish History, NYC, NY, USA
  • July 2018: “Justice and Ideology,” University of Chicago Center in Paris, Paris, France
  • July 2017: "Emmanuel Levinas on Morality, Justice and the Political," University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y., USA (NEH funded)
  • July 2016: "Free Speech and Difficult Freedom," Berkeley, CA., U.S.A.
  • 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., USA
  • July 2013: "The Origin of Responsibility,” Vilnius, Lithuania

Visiting Professor

  • Spring 2019, 2017, University of Rome, La Sapienza (Department of Political Science), Rome, Italy
  • Spring 2012, University of California at Berkeley (Kadish Center for Morality, Law, and Public Affairs, Berkeley School of Law), Berkeley, CA, USA
  • Fall 2008, Jewish Theological Seminary (Department of Philosophy), NY, USA
  • 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