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 TTerror, Religion, and Liberal Thought  (Columbia University Press, 2010). His recent book, Friends and Other Strangers: Studies in Religion, Ethics, and Culture, seeks to chart and expand the field of religious ethics by exploring the implications of taking a cultural turn in the humanities and social sciences (Columbia University Press, 2016).  His essays have appeared in the Journal of Religion, the Journal of Religious EthicsSoundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal, the Journal of the American Academy of ReligionEthics and International AffairsHarvard Theological Review, and Theological Studies

With his faculty colleagues in Religious Ethics, Miller has launched a new initiative at the Divinity School—a two-year cycle of readings, “Minor Classics in Ethics,” focusing on recent essays that have revitalized forgotten themes or have posed new questions for moral philosophers and religious ethicists to take up. Miller’s courses are organized so that students can situate arguments, theories, or concepts within a larger historical and intellectual arc.  He is currently at work on two research projects: a critical monograph on the ethics of religious studies, 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 30100 Minor Classics in Ethics

RETH 30100 Minor Classics in Ethics

RETH 30100 Minor Classics in Ethics

RETH 30802 Contemporary Religious Ethics I

RETH 30803 Contemporary Religious Ethics II

RETH 30904 Minor Classics in Ethics

RETH 43302 The Ethics of Belief

RETH 45102 Religion, Medicine, and Ethics

RETH 45502 Religion and the Political Order

RETH 52104 Augustine, Kierkegaard, and the Problem of Love

May 2017: "Friends and Other Strangers" at the Religion and Culture Forum, a digital publication of the Martin Marty Center.