Michael Gottsegen studies the relation between religion and public/political life, mainly in the modern period, and how Jewish and non-Jewish thinkers conceive this relation in theological, philosophical and political terms. He also writes about ideas of collective and political responsibility, and about the role of religions in ongoing struggles for economic and social justice in a time of globalization. These themes come together in his current work on French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas.

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Trained as a political theorist at Columbia University and in Religious Studies at Harvard, Michael Gottsegen (Ph.D., 1989) has worked in and out of academia since the early 1990s, having taught at Columbia and Brandeis before coming to Brown. A book based on his thesis, "The Political Thought of Hannah Arendt," was published in 1994. Pursuing a primary research interest at the nexus between contemporary Jewish and Christian theology, religious ethics, and political theory, he is presently completing a manuscript on the tension between ethics and politics in the thought of the French Jewish philosopher, Emmanuel Levinas. Bringing these same interests together in a practical way, Michael Gottsegen also works with the Association of Religious NGOs at the United Nations on behalf of the achievement of the UN's Millennium Development Goals. At Brown he teaches courses in Jewish thought and ethics with a focus on modern and contemporary developments.

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