Prophets at War: Hermann Cohen and German Jews in the First World War

The debates among German Jewish philosophers during World War I reflect vastly different views on Jewish identity and national belonging.

Is toleration possible in a liberal society?

In Michael Rosenthal's view, modern liberal society both benefits and is challenged by the ideal of toleration promoted by Baruch Spinoza.

By | January 5th, 2017|Categories: Jewish History & Thought|Tags: , , |0 Comments

My father was a refugee. Here’s why the immigration conversation matters.

Michael Rosenthal considers key moral and political questions on immigration. Join him for a 10/27 panel on this topic.

Who were the most radical Jews in history?

A new team-taught course this fall showcases radical Jews ranging from Jesus to Bernie Sanders.

In Search of Spinoza

Benedict Spinoza was a rock star philosopher. Was he also the victim of an unjust ban? Kevin Britt reflects on the CLF session with Michael Rosenthal.

By | June 12th, 2015|Categories: Jewish History & Thought|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Was Spinoza a Heretic or a Theologian?

Spinoza, the philosopher who was excommunicated from Judaism, distinguished between religion and superstition.

By | March 30th, 2015|Categories: Jewish History & Thought|Tags: , , |0 Comments