Michael Rosenthal

Professor für Philosophie, University of Washington (USA)

Aufenthalt am Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
August-September 2009; Juli 2014; Oktober 2017

Forschungsthema am Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
»Spinoza’s Prism: Five Arguments for Religious Toleration in the Modern World«

Spinoza was banned from the Jewish community in Amsterdam in 1656 on account of his »horrendous heresies … and evil opinions.« We do not know what his reaction to the ban was, except for the fact that, unlike others who had been threatened with the same punishment, he did not recant his views and he left the community. What we do know is that fourteen years later he anonymously published a book that immediately became notorious for its criticisms of traditional religious belief. In one sense, the Theological-Political Treatise (TTP) seemed to be proof of the very charges that had led to his ban, which in Hebrew is called herem. Spinoza challenged many of the beliefs that the Jewish community in Amsterdam held sacred, such as supernatural revelation through prophecy, the special election of the Jews as a people chosen for their wisdom, and the Mosaic authorship of Scripture. However, the book had a broader and more constructive aim: to articulate the conditions of religious toleration. (Michael Rosenthal)

Michael Rosenthal folgt der Einladung von Thomas Schmidt, Professor für Religionsphilosophie an der Goethe-Universität, und dem DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1728 »Theologie als Wissenschaft«. Im Sommer 2009 war er auf Einladung des Exzellenzcluster »Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen« zu Gast am Kolleg.

Michael A. Rosenthal is Professor and the Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Washington.

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Philosophie der frühen Neuzeit (Descartes bis Kant), Ethik, Politische Philosophie, Jüdische Philosophie

Veröffentlichungen (Auswahl):
  1. »Spinoza on Circumcision and Ceremonies«, in: Modern Judaism, Bd. 36,1 (2016), S. 42-66.
  2. »Politics and Ethics in Spinoza: The Problem of Normativity«, in: Essays on Spinoza’s Ethical Theory, hg. von Matt Kisner und Andrew Youpa, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2014, S. 85-101.
  3. »Art and Politics of the Desert: German Exiles in California and the Biblical Bilderverbot«, in: New German Critique, Nr. 118, Bd. 40,1 (Winter 2013), S. 43-64.
  4. »Spinoza«, in: Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Religion, zweite, überarbeitete Ausgabe hg. von Chad Meister und Paul Copan, London: Routledge 2013, S. 150-160.
  5. (hg. mit Richard T. Gray, Nicholas Halmi, Gary J. Handwerk und Klaus Vieweg, Inventions of the Imagination: Romanticism and Beyond, Seattle: University of Washington Press 2011.
  6. (hg. mit Yitzhak Y. Melamed), Spinoza’s ›Theological-Political Treatise‹: A Critical Guide, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2010.

Weitere akademische Tätigkeiten:
Michael Rosenthal ist gegenwärtig Dekan der philosophischen Fakultät an der University of Washington. Außerdem ist er seit 2012 Mitglied des Stroum Center for Jewish Studies der Universität.