Richard A. Cohen, Ph.D

Department of Philosophy, Professor
Institute of Jewish Thought and Heritage, Director

Specialty/Research Focus

Modern and Contemporary Continental Philosophy, Levinas


  1. Levinasian Meditations: Ethics, Philosophy and Religion. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2010. 377 pp. 
  2. Ethics, Exegesis and Philosophy: Interpretation After Levinas. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001. 361 pp.
  3. Elevations: The Height of the Good in Rosenzweig and Levinas.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994. 342 pp.

Books Translated, Edited and/or Introduced

  1. Ricoeur As Another: The Ethics of Subjectivity. Edited by Richard A. Cohen and James L. Marsh. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2001.
  2. In Proximity: Emmanuel Levinas and the Eighteenth Century. Edited by Melvyn New, with Robert Bernasconi and Richard A. Cohen. Texas Tech University Press, 2001.
  3. Ninety-five Poems and Hymns by Judah Halevi by Franz Rosenzweig. Edited and introduced by Richard A. Cohen.  Translated by Eva Jospe, Thomas Kovach and Gerda Schmidt. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2000.
  4. New Talmudic Readings by Emmanuel Levinas. Translated and introduced by Richard A. Cohen. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 1999.
  5. Discovering Existence with Husserl by Emmanuel Levinas. Edited and introduced by Richard A.  Cohen; co-translated with Michael Smith.Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1998.
  6. Time and the Other and Additional Essays by Emmanuel Levinas. Translated, edited, and introduced by Richard A. Cohen.  Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 1987.
  7. Face to Face with Levinas.  Edited and introduced by Richard A. Cohen. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1986.
  8. Ethics and Infinity by Emmanuel Levinas. Translated and introduced by Richard A. Cohen. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 1985. 

Recent Articles and/or Book Chapters

  1. “Lukacs and Levinas, and Kant: Totality and Infinity,” in Levinas issue of “Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Change” journal of The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (forthcoming)
  2.  “Emmanuel Levinas,”in The Routledge Companion to Phenomenology, ed. S. Luft and S. Overgaard (New York: Routledge, 2012), 71-81.
  3. “Heidegger’s Dasein-Analytic of Instrumentality in Being and Time and the Thinking of The “Extreme Danger” of the Question of Technology, and Frederick Tonnies’ Community and Society,” Philosophy Today, special issue on “Recenterings of Continental Philosophy,” ed. Cynthia Willett and Leonard Lawlor, Vol. 54, SPEP Supplement 2010, 91-100.
  4. Monotheisme politique: democratie et transcendence,” (“Political Monotheism: Democracy and Transcendence”) French translation by Tal Aronzon,  in “Pardes: Etudes et Culture Juives,”Nos. 47-48, issue on “Entre ciel et terre, le judaisme: Les sources de la Loi,” ed. Shmuel Trigano (Paris: Editions In Press, 2010), 269-288.  
  5. “Franz Rosenzweig’s Star of Redemption and Kant,” Philosophical Forum, Vol. 41, nos. 1 & 2, Spring/Summer, special issue, “Back to Kant II: The Fate of Kant in a Time of Crisis,” ed. Thomas Teufel, 73- 98.
  6. “Levinas, Spinozism, Nietzsche, and the Body,” in Nietzsche and Levinas: “After the Death of a Certain God,” eds. Jill Stauffer and Bettina Bergo (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009), 165-182.
  7. “The Few and the Many: Political Philosophy and Levinas,” in A Century with Levinas: On the Ruins of Totality, ed. Rita Serpytyte (Vilnius: Vilnius University Publishing House, 2009), 230-241.
  8. “Art, Sacred Space and Utopia,” in “Mokslo darbai: Religija ir Kultura,” Vol. 5, No. 1 2008 (Vilnius: Vilniaus Universiteto Leidykla, 2009), 7-23.  [this issue appeared in 2010]
  9. La teodicea dopo la shoah: Levinas sulla sofferenz e il male,”(Italian translation of ”Theology after the Shoah: Levinas on Suffering and Evil,” chapter 8 of Cohen, Elevations) in “La figura nel tappeto,” Winter, 2009, 15-32.
  10. “Ethics and Cybernetics: Levinasian Reflections,” in Radicalizing Levinas, ed. Peter Atterton (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2010).
  11. “Against Theology, or ‘The Devotion of a Theology Without Theodicy’,” in The Exorbitant: Levinas Between Jews and Christians, ed. Kevin Hart and Michael A. Signer.  New York: Fordham University Press, 2010; 74-89, 259-264. 
  12. “Levinas and Rosenzweig: Proximities and Distances,” in Cahiers d’Etudes Levinassiennes, No. 8, 2009; 13-31.
  13. “Signifying a Spiritual Politics in the Age of Secularity: Spinoza, Nietzsche and Levinas,” in Emmanuel Levinas: Prophetic Inspiration and Philosophy, ed. Irene Kajon, Emilio Baccarini, Francesca Brezzi, Joelle Hansel.  Florence: La Giuntina, 2008; 183-196.
  14. “Heidegger, Kant, Levinas and the End of the World,” in Responsibility, God and Society: Theological Ethics in Dialogue (Festschrift Roger Burggraeve), ed. J. De Tavernier, J.A. Selling, J. Verstraeten and P. Schotsmans.  Leuven: Bibliotheca Ephermeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium 217, 2008; 49-68.
  15. “Defending Levinas: An Interview with Richard Cohen,” interviewer, Chung-Hsiung Lai, [Chinese] translation by Yu-Wen Liu, in Chung-Wai Literary Quarterly, Vol. 36, No. 4, 2007, ed. Chung-Hsiung Lai, 267-306. 
  16. "Wisdom of Love,” in Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions, ed. Yudit K. Greenberg. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2008; 657-658.  
  17. “Uncovering the ‘Difficult Universality’ of the Face-to-Face,” in Cahiers Levinassiennes, issue on L’universel, No. 6, 2006; 93-115.   
  18.  “Emmanuel Levinas: Judaism and the Primacy of the Ethical,” in Cambridge Companion to Modern Jewish Philosophy, ed. Michael L. Morgan and Peter Eli Gordon. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007; 234-255
  19. Humanisme et antihumanisme: Levinas face a la controverse Cassirer-Heidegger,” [French] translation by Catherine Barret,” in Levinas a Jerusalem, ed. Joelle Hansel.  Klincksieck, 2007; 57-91.
  20. “Emmanuel Levinas: Philosopher and Jew,” in Revista Portugesa de filosofia (Braga, Portugal), special issue Entre Razao e Revelacao: A ‘Logica’ da simensao semitica na Filosofia [Between Reason and Revelation: The ‘Logic” of the Semitic Dimension in Philosophy], Jao J. Vila-Cha, ed., Vol. 62, no. 2-4, 2006; 481-490. 
  21. “Levinas: Thinking Least about Death – contra Heidegger,” in International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, ed. Eugene Long, Vol. 60, 2006; 21-39.  Reprinted in Phenomenology 2005, Vol. 5, ed. L. Embree. New York: Zeta Books, 2008; 163-198.
  22. “Some Notes on the Title of Levinas’s Totality and Infinity and its First Sentence,” in Studia Phaenomenologica: Romanian Journal for Phenomenology, Vol. VI, 2006; 117-137.
  23. “Technology: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” in Postphenomenology: A Critical Companion to Ihde, ed. Evan Selinger.  Albany: State University of New York Press, 2006; 145-160. 
  24. “Levinas, Plato and Ethical Exegesis,” in Levinas Studies: An Annual Review, Vol. 1, ed. J. Bloechl & J. L. Kosky.  Pittsburgh, Duquesne University Press, 2006, 37-50. 
  25. “The Holocaust is Christian Issue; Christology Revisited,” in Modern Believing: Church and Society, Vol. 47, no. 1, January 2006; 28-43.