Michael A.  Rosenthal



Grafstein Chair in Jewish Philosophy


St. George,

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  • BA, Stanford University
  • MA  (Philosophy), University of Chicago
  • PhD (Philosophy), University of Chicago

Michael A. Rosenthal (PhD Chicago, 1996) holds the Grafstein Chair in Jewish Philosophy, with appointments in both the Department and the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies.  Prior to joining the department, he was Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Studies at the University of Washington at Seattle.  He teaches and publishes in the areas of early modern philosophy, ethics, political philosophy, and Jewish philosophy. Michael’s current research focus is Spinoza’s political philosophy, both in relation to central issues in Spinoza studies and Spinoza’s engagement with the Jewish Philosophical Tradition, particularly Maimonides. Michael is also interested in the reception of Spinoza in subsequent Jewish philosophy including Moses Mendelssohn and Hermann Cohen. He was recently a Fellow at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften of the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, and gave the Martin Buber Lecture in Intellectual History and Philosophy in Frankfurt in 2017.

Research Interests:

Early Modern Philosophy, Jewish Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Spinoza


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