The Department Welcomes Michael Rosenthal

Published: June 13, 2019

Michael Rosenthal (PhD Chicago, 1996) will join us in July 2019 as Grafstein Chair in Jewish Philosophy, with appointments in both the Department and the Anne Tannenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies.  He received his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and both his masters and doctorate in philosophy from the University of Chicago. 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 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.