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Richard Amesbury

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School Director & Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
School Director & Professor of Religious Studies and Philosophy
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
School Dir & Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Biography: 

Richard Amesbury is a philosopher and scholar of religion with three main (occasionally overlapping) areas of interest: (a) religion and contemporary political thought; (b) Wittgenstein; and (c) the politics of the secular. 

Prior to joining ASU he held the chair in Theological Ethics at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and chaired the Philosophy and Religion Department at Clemson University, where he was Professor of Philosophy and of Religious Studies.

Professor Amesbury’s current research examines the ensemble of dispositions, affects, and intuitions that comprise the secular – i.e., the epistemic regime within which religion emerges as an object of interest, anxiety, regulation, and academic study. More broadly, he is interested in methodology in the humanities and in the role our moral reactions play in providing access to an intelligible, objective world. 

 

 

Education: 
  • Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
  • Diploma, Oxford University
  • A.B., Harvard University
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 357Hist Persp on Phil & Religion
REL 391Hist Persp on Phil & Religion
PHI 391Hist Persp on Phil & Religion