Michael Rosenthal

Project Description

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Samuel & Althea Stroum Chair in Jewish Studies

Ph.D. University of Chicago (1996)

Contact Information:
E-mail: rosentha@uw.edu
Phone: (206) 543-2049
Office: Savery 364
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Personal Website

Faculty Profile

Michael A. Rosenthal is the Samuel & Althea Stroum Chair in Jewish Studies at the University of Washington. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and both his Master’s 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. His teaching specialties include Spinoza and Jewish philosophy.


Is Spinoza Good for the Jews? – JewDub Talks 2013

Selected Publications

Rosenthal, Michael A. “Spinoza on Circumcision and Ceremonies.” Modern Judaism (2016), Volume 36 (1): 42-66.
Rosenthal, Michael A. “Politics and Ethics in Spinoza: The Problem of Normativity.” In Essays on Spinoza’s Ethical Theory, edited by Matt Kisner and Andrew Youpa, 85-101. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.
Rosenthal, Michael A. “Spinoza” in Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Religion, revised second edition, edited by Chad Meister and Paul Copan, 150-160. London: Routledge, 2013.
Rosenthal, Michael A. “The Siren Song of Revolution: Spinoza on the Art of Political Change.” Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 34.1 (2013): 111-132.
Rosenthal, Michael A. “Art and Politics of the Desert: German Exiles in California and the Biblical Bilderverbot.” New German Critique 118.40.1 (2013), 43-64.
Rosenthal, Michael A. “Why Spinoza is Intolerant of Atheists: God and the Limits of Early Modern Liberalism.” Review of Metaphysics 65.4 (2012): 813-839.
Rosenthal, Michael A. “Benjamin’s Wager on Modernity: Gambling and the Arcades Project.” The Germanic Review: Literature, Culture, Theory 87.3 (2012): 261-278.

Gray, Richard T., Halmi, Nicholas, Handwerk, Gary J., Rosenthal, Michael A., and Vieweg, Klaus, eds. Inventions of the Imagination: Romanticism and Beyond, Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2011.
Melamed, Yitzhak Y. and Rosenthal, Michael A., eds., Spinoza’s Theological-Political Treatise: A Critical Guide, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.