Richard B. Miller

Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Religious Ethics




PhD, University of Chicago, 1985


Professor Miller's research interests include religion and public life, political and social ethics, theory and method in religious thought and ethics, and practical ethics. He is the author of Interpretations of Conflict: Ethics, Pacifism, and the Just-War Tradition (University of Chicago Press, 1991); Casuistry and Modern Ethics: A Poetics of Practical Reasoning (University of Chicago Press, 1996); Children, Ethics, and Modern Medicine (Indiana University Press, 2003), and Terror, Religion, and Liberal Thought (Columbia University Press, 2010).  His new book, Friends and Other Strangers: Studies in Religion, Ethics, and Culture endeavors to chart and expand the field of religious ethics (Columbia University Press, 2016). He is currently at work on two projects: a critical monograph on theory and method in the academic study of religion, and an intellectual history of “nature” in early modern and modern critical discourses about religion.   

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Current and Upcoming Courses

Religious Ethics

RETH 30802 Contemporary Religious Ethics II

RETH 30802 Contemporary Religious Ethics I

RETH 30904 Minor Classics in Ethics

RETH 30904 Minor Classics in Ethics

RETH 30904 Minor Classics in Ethics

RETH 36002 The Ethics of War: Foundational Texts

RETH 42802 Rights and Justice

RETH 43302 The Ethics of Belief

RETH 44802 Contemporary Political and Social Ethics

RETH 45102 Religion, Medicine, and Ethics

RETH 45502 Religion and the Political Order