Professor & Chair
Ph.D., 1996, University
Michael Rosenthal is Professor and the Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Washington. He is also an active member of the Stroum Jewish Studies Program. He
received his bachelors degree from Stanford University and both
his masters and doctorate degrees in philosophy from the University
of Chicago. Before arriving in Seattle, he taught at Grinnell College
in Iowa. He teaches and publishes in the areas of early
modern philosophy, ethics, political
philosophy, and Jewish philosophy. His current research focuses
on the philosophy of Benedict Spinoza.
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- “Spinoza and the Crisis of Liberalism in Weimar Germany,” Hebraic Political Studies, volume 3:1 (Winter 2008), 94-112.
- “Spinoza’s Philosophy of Religion,” in History of Western Philosophy of Religion, ed.. Graham Oppy and Nick Trakakis, Chesham, UK: Acumen Publishing, 2009.
- “Spinoza and the Philosophy of History,” in Interpreting Spinoza, ed. Charles Huenemann, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008, chapter 6, 111-127.
- “Spinoza on Why the Sovereign Can Command Men’s Tongues But Not Their Minds,” Nomos, volume XLVIII, “Toleration and Its Limits,” ed. Melissa S. Williams and Jeremy Waldron, New York: NYU Press, 2008, 54-77.
- “Spinoza, History, and Jewish Modernity” in Philosophers and the Hebrew Bible, eds. Charles H. Manekin and Robert Eisen, Bethseda: University o f Maryland Press, 2008, 113-132.
- "Persuasive Passions: Rhetoric and the Interpretation of Spinoza's Theological-Political Treatise," Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, volume 85, 2003, 249-268.
- "The 'Black, Scabby Brazilian:' Some Thoughts on Race and Early Modern Philosophy," Philosophy & Social Criticism, volume 31 (2), 2005, 211-221.
- "Spinoza's Republican Argument for Tolerance," Journal of Political Philosophy, volume 11 (3), September 2003, 320-337.
- "Spinoza's Dogmas of Universal Faith and the Problem of Religion," Philosophy and Theology, volume 13 (1), 2001, 53-72.
- "Tolerance as a Virtue in Spinoza's Ethics," Journal of the History of Philosophy, volume 34 (4), October 2001, 535-557.
- "Tolerance and the Right to Resist in Spinoza's Theological-Political Treatise: The Problem of Christ's Disciples," in Piety, Peace, and the Freedom to Philosophize, Paul Bagley, ed., Kluwer Academic Press, 1999, 111-132.
- "Two Collective Action Problems in Spinoza's Social Contract Theory," History of Philosophy Quarterly, volume 15 (4), October 1998, 389-409.
- "Why Spinoza Chose the Hebrews: The Exemplary Function of Prophecy in the Theological-Political Treatise," in History of Political Thought, volume XVIII (1), Summer 1997, 207-241. Reprinted in: (1) Jewish Themes in Spinoza's Philosophy, eds. Lenn Goodman and Heidi Ravven, State University of New York Press: 2002, 225-260; and also in (2) Spinoza, International Critical Library of Philosophy, eds. Yirmiyahu Yovel and Gideon Segal, Ashgate Academic Publishers: 2002.
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