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Steven Kepnes University Portrait 2015

Steven Kepnes

Professor of the Study of World Religions, Professor of Religion and Jewish Studies; Director of Chapel House and Director of the Fund for the Study of the Great Religions
Religion , 303A Lawrence Hall
p 315-228-7697


BA, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 1974; MA, PhD, University of Chicago, 1976, 1983

Teaching Experience

"Jewish Philosophy," "God, Politics and the Good, " Western Traditions," "Holocaust,"  "The Land of Israel"


Judaism, Jewish philosophy and ethics, Western traditions in religion and philosophy 


Ethics in Judaism and relations between Jewish ethics and contemporary ethical theory


Jewish Liturgical Reasoning,   NY: Oxford University (2007)

Edited with Basit Koshul, Studying the "Other," Understanding the "Self": Scripture, Reason and the Contemporary Islam-West Encounter NY: Palgrave Macmillan (2007)

Reasoning After Revelation: Dialogues in Postmodern Jewish Philosophy, with Peter Ochs and Robert Gibbs (Westview Press, 1997)

Editor, Interpreting Judaism in a Postmodern Age (New York University Press, 1996)

The Text as Thou (Indiana University Press, 1992)

The Challenge of Psychology to Faith, co-editor (NY: Seabury, 1982)

Articles in The Harvard Theological Review, Judaism, Journal of Jewish Studies, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion


Fellow, Hebrew University and Hartman Institute, Jerusalem, Israel 1993-95; editor, Judaism section, Religious Studies Review; co-editor, Journal of Textual Reasoning