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Religion, Ethics, and Philosophy

The sub-field of “Religion, Ethics, and Philosophy” at Stanford comprises the critical study of Jewish and Christian thought, the philosophy of religion, religious ethics, and related secular literatures. Students with master’s-level training interested in medieval and modern Jewish thought and theology, especially as it bears upon environmental ethics and the ethics of technology; in Christian thought and ethics in the wake of the European Reformations and Enlightenment, especially during the long nineteenth century; and in continental phenomenology and philosophy of religion as well as comparative religious ethics and poetics are invited to apply.

Students will normally specialize in one or two of these areas while gaining broad competence in the subfield as a whole in conversation with the department’s other subfields. Mastery of the languages required to do original research is expected. Faculty in the Departments of Philosophy and History; the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages; the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society; and the Taube Center for Jewish Studies complement the faculty listed below.


Ariel Evan Mayse

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
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Barbara Pitkin

Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies

Thomas Sheehan

Professor of Religious Studies and, by courtesy, German Studies and Philosophy
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Brent Sockness

Associate Professor of Religious Studies and, by courtesy, German Studies
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Sarah Willburn

Lecturer in Religious Studies

Lee Yearley

Walter Y. Evans-Wentz Professor of Oriental Philosophy, Religion, and Ethics