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

During World War I, philosopher Hermann Cohen argued that Jews could be true and full citizens of the new German nation-state. Many of his contemporaries, including other Jews, disagreed. Professor Michael Rosenthal explains.

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