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Roger Gottlieb

Roger Gottlieb
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Roger S. Gottlieb is professor of philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is the author or editor of sixteen books and more than 100 articles on environmentalism, religious life, contemporary spirituality, political philosophy, ethics, the Holocaust, feminism, and disability. He is internationally known for his work as a leading analyst and exponent of religious environmentalism, for his passionate and moving account of spirituality in an age of environmental crisis, and for his innovative and humane description of the role of religion in a democratic society. He is editor of six academic book series, on the editorial boards of several journals, and contributing editor to Tikkun Magazine.

Gottlieb's writings have appeared in top academic journals such as The Journal of Philosophy, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Conservation Biology, and Ethics; in popular publications such as E Magazine online, The Boston Globe, and Orion Afield; and in anthologies celebrating the best of Jewish writing, environmental ethics, religious life, spirituality, the Holocaust, and disability. Widely respected for his unique range of interests, combination of personal and political passion, clarity of writing, and originality, he is probably the only American intellectual to be reviewed or interviewed in publications as disparate as San Francisco Chronicle, Environmental Ethics, The Boston Globe, Christianity Today, Philosophical Review, Journal of Harvard Divinity School, New Age Journal, Socialism and Democracy, Discover, Chronicle of Higher Education, Sierra Club Magazine, Shambhala Sun, and The American Prospect.

Gottlieb's newest work is Engaging Voices: Tales of Morality and Meaning in an Age of Global Warming , a collection of related but distinct short stories in which Gottlieb explores moral, political, intellectual, and spiritual dilemmas provoked by the environmental crisis; and asks how, in the face of powerful emotions and deeply contested views, we can live and talk to each other.

He lives in Boston with his wife, noted psychotherapist and author Miriam Greenspan, and shares in the care of his daughters, Anna and Esther.

Works by Roger Gottlieb
Pope Francis and Climate Change: Some Critical Questions
Roger Gottlieb | September 24, 2015
For the many of us—clergy and laypeople, academics and plain citizens, in the U.S. and......
Fifty Shades of Jihad
Roger Gottlieb | February 24, 2015
Fifty Shades of Grey and Jihad. Any similarity? Of course not. One is a phenomenally......
Five Stories You won't read ANYWHERE ELSE!
Roger Gottlieb | January 13, 2015
Five Stories You Won’t Find Anywhere Else on the Internet Congress of Homosexuals......
Climate Future Part 2
Roger Gottlieb | December 23, 2014
My last post  post told it like it probably will be. But there is a chance, just a......
Climate Future? Take a Look Part I
Roger Gottlieb | December 17, 2014
The Bad News? The current U.N. report on climate unequivocally states that global......
Passover and Easter: Celebrations of Violence?
Roger Gottlieb | March 28, 2013
We would be far better off forgetting the objective question of whether these stories......
Vast Forces and a Cardinal's Song: On Death, Part 2
Roger Gottlieb | March 25, 2013
Death is just around the corner for all of us. Is this a great tragedy? A loss to be......
"Amour," Death, and a Song
Roger Gottlieb | March 18, 2013
Perhaps that is all we are: just a song sung by the universe. Does a song -- does my ego......
What difference does it make if torture works? if we ban guns? if it's warmer than......
Why "Zero Dark Thirty" Made Me Cry
Roger Gottlieb | January 16, 2013
It's not the suffering that made me cry, but four simple words spoken by one of the Navy......