Larrimore, Mark


Mark Larrimore
PhD, Religion, Princeton University;
BA, Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Worcester College, Oxford
Associate Professor, Religious Studies

The study of religion and liberal education are indispensable to each other because religion is so often illiberal and liberals so often anti-religious.
Courses Taught:
  • Theorizing Religion
  • Cultures of the Religious Right
  • Exploring Religious Ethics
  • The Book of Job
  • Religion and Democracy
  • Religious Geography of New York
  • Secularism at the Crossroads
  • Religion and Theater
Recent Publications:
  • “Religion and the promise of happiness,” Social Research 77/2 (Summer 2010): 569-94
  • “Theodicy, Disenchantment, and Confucianism’s Place in the Theory of Religion” (in Chinese translation), Cross-cultural Perspectives on East Asian Religious Traditions: A Dialogue, ed. Huang Kuan-min (Contemporary Confucianism Series 25) (Taipei, Taiwan: Academia Sinica Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, 2010), 7-35
  • “The unwearable lightness of being? Baxter’s cloak for a secular age” and other contributions, Belief Systems (New School Religion-Fashion Seminar zine, 2012)
  • “Unsettled: On teaching about Aboriginal Australian religion in an American liberal arts college,” Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian/New Zealand Literature (December 2012), 223-28
  • The Book of Job: A Biography (Princeton University Press, 2013)
  • “Antinomies of Race: Diversity and Destiny in Kant,” in Naming Race, Naming Racisms, ed. Jonathan Judaken, 2009 
  • "Evil as Privation: Seeing Darkness, Hearing Silence,” in Deliver Us from Evil, ed. M. David Eckel and Bradley L. Herling, 2008  
  • The German Invention of Race, edited with Sara Eigen (SUNY Press), 2006
  • “Evil” and “Theodicy” in New Dictionary of the History of Ideas, 2005
  • “Ethical challenges and dangers of mésologie: Watsuji Tetsurô between stasis and contingency,” in Modernity in Milieux and Technique, ed. Nobuo Kioka, 2005
  • “Evil and wonder in early modern philosophy,” in Teaching New Histories of Philosophy, ed. J. B. Schneewind, 2004
  • The Problem of Evil: A Reader (Blackwell), 2001
Office Location:
Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts
65 West 11th Street, Room 454
New York, NY  10011
Office Hours:
Tues. 2-4 & by appointment
Phone Number/Extension:
212-229-5100 x2234


Research Interests:
The problems of evil and good; historicity of concepts of religion and ethics; race, religion and ethics in Kant; Watsuji Tetsuro
Professional Affiliations:
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Japan Ethics Association (Nihon Rinri Gakkai)
Awards and Honors:
  • 2005, Distinguished Teaching Award, New School University

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