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
Professor Amesbury works on ethical and political questions having to do with religion in the modern world. 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. Prof. Amesbury serves on the steering committees of both the American Academy of Religion’s Religion and Politics Section and Law, Religion, and Culture Group and chairs the AAR’s Awards for Excellence in the Study of Religion. Until 2012 he was Associate Professor of Ethics and convener of the ethics program at Claremont School of Theology in California, USA.
- Religion and political thought
- Political theology
- Relations between theological and philosophical ethics
- Human rights and religion
- The cultural construction of the category of “religion”
- "Is Islam a Religion? ‘Religion’ as a Political Category", Inaugural Lecture, Universität Zürich, 4.11.2013 video
- “Religion’s Janus Face: Contesting the Neoliberal State from the Perspective of Alternative Political Theologies,” Theology and Religious Reflection Section, Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, 23-6.11.2013.
- "The Myth of Religious Reasons: Public Reason Meets Political Theology" (with Robert Talisse, Vanderbilt University), Political Theology Group, American Philosophical Association Western Division Meeting, 17.4.2014.
- “Secular State, Religious Nation? American ‘Civil Religion’ and the Paradox of Democratic Belonging,” Religion in the Public Sphere (Ars Disputandi Supplement Series), ed. Roger Trigg and Niek Brunsveld, 2011: 187-97.
- “Public Reason without Exclusion? Clayton, Rawls, and the Vāda Tradition,” Political Theology 12:4 (2011): 577-93.
- “Inter-Religious Declarations of Human Rights: Grounding Rights or Constructing ‘Religion’?” Religion and Human Rights, 5 (2010): 43-64.
- Faith and Human Rights. Co-authored with George M. Newlands (University of Glasgow). Minneapolis: Fortress Press (Facets Series), 2008.
- Morality and Social Criticism. Basingstoke (U.K) and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.