Speaker, Author and Professor
of Ethics, Intercultural Ethics,
Medical Ethics & Asian Philosophy

Spirituality and Deep Connectedness by Michael Brannigan

I am happy to announce the release of my new book, Spirituality and Deep Connectedness: Views on Being Fully Human. This collection of essays from prominent scholars representing higher education, healthcare, social justice, and interfaith dialogue counters the prevailing notion that spirituality is purely private. We make a case for living spiritually through deep and genuine engagement with others. Our messages of hope in these times increasingly shadowed by dark clouds remind us of what’s right in the world.

My other recent book is Japan’s March 2011 Disaster and Moral Grit: Our Inescapable In-between. Japan’s March 11, 2011 triple horror of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown is its worst catastrophe since Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This book uncovers the pivotal role of longstanding cultural worldviews and their impact on responses to this gut-wrenching disaster. Through unpacking the pivotal notion in Japanese ethics of aidagara, or “in-betweenness,” it offers testament to a deep-rooted sense of community. Accounts from survivors, victims’ families, key city officials, and volunteers reveal a remarkable fiber of moral grit and resilience that sustains Japan’s common struggle to rally and carve a future with promise and hope.

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Michael C. Brannigan

As the former George and Jane Pfaff Endowed Chair in Ethics and Moral Values at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, I have taught philosophy and ethics and have established ethics programs engaging the academic and public communities.  I remain Adjunct Professor at Albany Medical College’s Alden March Bioethics Institute where I teach Intercultural Bioethics and at St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry in Albany teaching Contemporary Moral Issues. Moreover, I write a monthly ethics column for our Capital Region’s city newspaper, the Albany Times Union. My columns can be read here.


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I continue to write extensively in the areas of ethics, intercultural ethics, healthcare and medical ethics, end-of-life issues, the doctor-patient relationship, healthcare cultural competency, Asian and Japanese studies, philosophy of the body, and technologies and communication. I am currently working on a book that explores how our digital technologies of communication have generated a perilous disembodiment that has enabled a self-imposed alienation from interpersonal, face-to-face communication and connectedness.
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