Philosophy of Religion


Study in this field focuses on the philosophical interpretation and evaluation of religion, religions, belief and religious practice. Work in this area can be pursued in relation to European and American philosophy, the philosophical traditions of Asia, and/or comparative study. The faculty at Harvard has particular strength in modern 18th to 20th century American and European philosophy, post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, Indian philosophy and comparative philosophy of religion.

Recent and current dissertation topics include:

  • A Law Unto Themselves: Religion and Autonomy in Modern Moral Thought
  • Cavell, the Skeptic and the Diva: The Human Self Between Gender and Transcendence
  • Grounding Human Rights in a Pluralist World: Assessing the Strategies of Minimalism