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Michael L. Morgan
The War Years Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus
Professor Morgan received a B.A. from Syracuse University in 1965, Rabbinic Ordination and a Master in Hebrew Letters from the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in 1970, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto in 1978. He was a member of Brasenose College, Oxford, in 1973-1974. He came to Indiana University in 1975, became Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Studies in 1990, and was Associate Dean of the Faculties from 1994-1996.
Professor Morgan is a historian of philosophy and Jewish religious thought. He has published extensively in Ancient Greek philosophy, early modern philosophy, and twentieth century philosophy and intellectual culture. His work on Plato's philosophy places it within the context of fourth century Greek history and religious life, and his treatment of figures such as Spinoza, Hobbes, Mendelssohn, Buber, and Rosenzweig similarly explores their philosophical and religious thinking in historical context. Professor Morgan is an expert on the work of Emil Fackenheim, one of the most important twentieth century Jewish philosophers and the preeminent post-Holocaust Jewish thinker, and he has published extensively on the impact of the Holocaust on Jewish thought, Western culture, and philosophy. He also works in ethics, political philosophy, and aesthetics. His most recent work is on the twentieth century French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas.
Professor Morgan has written and edited fifteen books and published over one hundred articles and reviews. In 1982 he was awarded the Amoco Foundation Teaching Award and was named Chancellor's Professor in 2004.