Richard  Amesbury

Richard Amesbury, Prof. Dr.

Professor für theologische Ethik und Leiter des Instituts für Sozialethik

Tel.: +41 (0)44 634 85 10


Institut für Sozialethik
Ethik-Zentrum der Universität Zürich
Zollikerstr. 117
CH-8008 Zürich

Office 107


A scholar of religious ethics and religion and political thought, Richard Amesbury holds the chair in Theological Ethics and heads the Institute for Social Ethics. His current book project, Secular State and Religious Nation (under contract with Columbia University Press), examines political uses of the secular-religious distinction in contemporary American culture.

Professor Amesbury is currently on sabbatical at the Schell Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School, where he is a Visiting Human Rights Fellow.

Research Interests

  • Religion and political thought
  • Religion and law
  • Political theology
  • Religious plurality
  • Wittgenstein
  • Relations between theological and philosophical ethics
  • Human rights and religion
  • Postcolonialism
  • Genealogies of the secular
  • The cultural construction of the category of “religion”

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

  • “Secularity, Religion, and the Spatialization of Time.” The Macmillan Center Initiative on Religion, Politics and Society, Yale University. 24 October 2016. Details
  • “Framing the Circumcision Debate: Bodily Integrity vs. Religious Freedom?” Schell Center for International Human Rights, Yale Law School.  29 September 2016.  Details


Select publications can be found on Prof. Amesbury's site.