Department of Religion
Faculty - Richard Sugarman
Professor Sugarman's fields are phenomenology, philosophy of religion, and Jewish philosophy. His Ph.D. is from Boston University (1976), and his M.A. and B.A. are from Yale (1969, 1966). He came to the University of Vermont in 1970. His publications include Rancor Against Time: The Phenomenology of Ressentiment (Felix Meiner, 1980), and (with R.T. Simone) Reclaiming the Humanities: The Roots of Self-Knowledge in the Greek and Biblical Worlds (Univ. Press of America, 1986). He has authored several articles on the religious philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas, including an edition and annotation of John Wild, "Speaking Philosophy" (Commentary on E. Levinas, Totality and Infinity) in Phenomenological Inquiry 24 (2000): 205-292, and "Emmanuel Levinas: The Ethics of 'Face to Face'/ The Religious Turn" in Phenomenology World-Wide , ed. Anna Teresa Tymieniecka (Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers), published in Analecta Husserliana 80 (2003): 409-430. Sugarman also serves as Director of the Integrated Humanities Program for first-year students, and was a recipient of the Kroespsch-Maurice Award for Excellence in Teaching.
"It is through Philosophy that I approach the field of Religion, and the subject matter of Jewish Studies, in particular. The emphasis is on learning to read seminal texts in Religion, Philosophy, Jewish Studies, and the Humanities. The approach is through dialogue where students become part of an on-going conversation with the great thinkers and texts of the past and present."