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Michael L. Morgan

Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Jewish Studies

Michael L. Morgan is Chancellor’s Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Studies (Emeritus) at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. He has taught at the University of Toronto, Yale University, and Northwestern University. His most recent book, The Cambridge Introduction to Emmanuel Levinas, was published in March of 2011. His other books include On Shame (Routledge, 2008), Discovering Levinas (Cambridge, 2007), Interim Judaism (Indiana, 2001), Beyond Auschwitz (Oxford, 2001), and Platonic Piety (Yale, 1990). Prof. Morgan has also edited books on post-Holocaust religious and philosophical thought, moral and political philosophy, Spinoza, Emil Fackenheim, and Franz Rosenzweig. His work in the history of philosophy ranges from ancient Greek philosophy to twentieth century philosophy, and he has published widely in Jewish philosophy, from the seventeenth century to the present. He is the co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Modern Jewish Philosophy (2007). His current work includes a book on the Jewish philosopher Emil Fackenheim, based on the Shier Lectures he delivered at the University of Toronto, and a book on modern Jewish philosophy, which he is writing with Paul Franks. His recent articles include “Mercy, Repentance, and Forgiveness in Ancient Judaism,” in Ancient Forgiveness, ed. David Konstan and Charles Griswold (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming) and “Emmanuel Levinas as a Philosopher of the Ordinary,” in Totality and Infinity at 50, ed. Scott Davidson and Diane Perpich (Duquesne, forthcoming 2011). His review of Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age appeared in the Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, as did his recent review of Sam Girgus’s Levinas and the Cinema of Redemption.


  • University of Toronto Ph.D., 1978.