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Amesbury, Richard

Amesbury, Richard

Chair and Professor of Philosophy & Religious Studies

Office: 126 Hardin Hall
Phone: 864-656-5365

Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University; Dipl., Oxford University; AB, Harvard University

Richard Amesbury is a philosopher and scholar of religion who works at the intersection of ethics, philosophy of religion, and political theory. He chairs the American Academy of Religion’s Law, Religion, and Culture Unit and serves on the steering committee of the AAR’s Religion and Politics Unit. Prior to joining the department as chair in 2017, he was Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, where he also led the university’s Center for Ethics and directed the Institute for Social Ethics.