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Richard M. Buck, Ph.D.

Richard Buck

Interim Department Chair / Associate Professor

Department of Philosophy
Richard M. Buck, Ph.D., began teaching at Mount St. Mary's in 2001. His research and teaching interests lie primary in political philosophy, ethical theory, philosophy of law and contemporary Jewish philosophy (focusing on the work of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik).

He has presented and published essays on the idea of public reason and the role of religious argument in public debate, equality and deliberate democracy, democratic legitimacy, just responses to terrorism and religious liberty in Catholic social thought. He regularly teaches courses in the core curriculum, and frequently offers electives in political philosophy and philosophy of law.
Ph.D. and M.A., University of Kansas
B.A., Loyola University of Chicago
Political Philosophy, Ethics, Philosophy of Law, Contemporary Jewish Philosophy
"Democratic Legitimacy: The Limits of Instrumentalist Accounts" Journal of Value Inquiry Vol. 46, no. 2 (June 2012)

"Biblical Principles: Mosaic Law," in The Death Penalty: Why It Is Wrong and What We Can Do About it, Eds. Trudy Conway and David McCarthy. Collegeville, MN.: Liturgical Press (2013)

"The Challenge of Religious Liberty," in Love and Justice in the Catholic Tradition: Sources and Issues, Ed. David M. McCarthy (Brazos Press)

"Religion, Identity, and Political Legitimacy: Toward Democratic Inclusion," Journal of Social Philosophy, Vol. 39, no. 3 (Fall 2008)

"Beyond Retribution: Reasonable Responses to Terrorism," Social Philosophy Today, Vol. 20 (Fall, 2004)

"Sincerity and Reconciliation in Public Reason," Social Philosophy Today, Vol. 17 (Fall, 2002)

"John Locke." Child Development, Macmillan Psychology Reference Series, ed. Neil J. Salkind, (New York: Macmillan Reference, 2001). Encyclopedia entry.

"John Locke." Encyclopedia of Human Development, ed. Neil J. Salkind, (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2005). Encyclopedia Entry.