Richard Cohen

Richard Cohen Richard Cohen
Director, Institute of Jewish Thought and Heritage
Professor of Philosophy
Office: 712 Clemens Hall
Telephone: (716) 645-3695
Fax: (716) 645-3473
Email: racohen@buffalo.edu

Research Summary:

Professor Cohen is currently finishing the second volume of a previous book, Levinasian Meditations: Ethics, Philosophy and Religion (Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2010), to be called: Levinasian Meditations, Vol II: Ethics and Politics.  He recently completed a book, Out of Control: Confrontations between Spinoza and Levinas, to be published by State University of New York Press, spring 2016.

Education:

Ph.D., philosophy State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1980.
M.A., philosophy State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1976.
Philosophy Universite de Paris, Paris-Sorbonne, 1974-1975.
B.A., philosophy Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 1972.
B.A., political science Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 1972.

Teaching:

2008 Fall to present (Director – Full Professor)
Institute of Jewish Thought and Heritage – Department of Philosophy,
University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY.

1994 Fall to 2008 Spring (Isaac Swift Distinguished Professor of Judaic Studies, Full Professor),
Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC.

1989 Fall to 1994 Spring (Aaron Aronov Chair of Judaic Studies; Associate Professor)
Department of Religious Studies, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.

1988 Fall to 1989 Spring (Associate Professor)
Department of Humanities, Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, OH.

1985 Fall to 1988 Spring (Assistant Professor)
Department of Philosophy, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD.

1980 Fall to 1985 Spring (Assistant Professor)
Department of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University, Scranton, PA.

Director: Levinas Summer Philosophy Seminar:

July 2015: “Eros and Ethics,” John Cabot University, Rome, Italy

July 2014:  “Levinas and Kant: The Primacy of Ethics,” University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, USA

July 2013: “The Origin of Responsibility,” Vilnius, Lithuania

Visiting Professor:

2008 Fall, Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, USA.

2006, 2005, 2004, 2002 Summer, John Cabot University, Rome Italy.

2003 Spring, John Cabot University and Loyola University of Chicago in Rome, Rome, Italy.

2001 Summer (Scholar-in-Residence) John Cabot University, Rome, Italy.
1999 Spring, Tel Aviv University (Department of Jewish Philosophy), Ramat Aviv, Israel.

1994 Spring, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Department of Jewish Thought), Jerusalem, Israel.