Richard Cohen

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

Research Summary:

Professor Cohen’s most recent book is entitled Out of Control: Confrontations between Spinoza and Levinas (NY: SUNY Press, 2016), 389 pp.   He is currently working and publishing in political philosophy, engaging the long tradition of political justice in view of the fundamental ethics of Emmanuel Levinas.

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  Full Professor
Department of Jewish Thought & 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: NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers:

July 2017: “Levinas on Morality, Justice and the Political,” University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Director: Levinas Summer Philosophy Seminar:

July 2016: “Free Speech and Difficult Freedom,” Berkeley, California, USA

July 2015: “Eros and Ethics,” Rome, Italy

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

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

Visiting Professor:

2017 Spring Department of Political Science, University of Rome, La Sapienza, Rome, Italy.

2012 Spring (Visiting Scholar) University of California, Berkeley, California, USA.

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.