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    The Maimonidean Controversy
    In Daniel H. Frank & Oliver Leaman (eds.), History of Jewish Philosophy, Routledge. pp. 2--331. 1997.
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    Whose History? Spinoza’s Critique of Religion As an Other Modernity
    Idealistic Studies 33 (2/3): 219-235. 2003.
    This paper discusses Spinoza's critique of religion as a visible moment of a radically occluded materialist Judeo-Arabic Aristotelian philosophical tradition. While the prevailing tradition begins with the familiar gesture to metaphysics as first philosophy, Spinoza's thought takes politics as its point of departure with its concrete emphasis on a critique of dogma. This paper will show-by way of differing readings of Spinoza-how this materialist tradition becomes occluded by the prevailing trad…Read more
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    A Praxis Oriented by the Debt to the Past: Benjamin’s and Adorno’s Critique of Teleology
    Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 16 (2): 443-461. 2012.
    This paper explores Benjamin’s and Adorno’s materialist critique of the philosophy of history as a metaphysical fiction which harbors and shields the barbarism at the heart of culture. Each undertakes a radical critique of ontological, future-oriented notions of temporality and history, proposing instead a political understanding oriented to the past for the sake of the present or, more precisely, for the sake of actively resisting the persistent barbarism. The more culture insists on its progre…Read more
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    The Power of Prejudice and the Force of Law
    Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 7 (1): 51-70. 2002.
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    Maimonidean Aspects in Spinoza’s Thought
    Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 17 (1/2): 153-174. 1994.
    A cursory review of studies of Spinoza’s thought discloses that diverse and often opposed religious, philosophical, historical, even literary traditions have claimed and disclaimed his debt to them as well as theirs to him. A Jewish, Christian, pantheist, and atheist Spinoza vies with a rationalist and a mystic, a realist and a nominalist, an analytic and a continental, an historicist and an a-historical one. And this list is far from exhaustive of the dazzling array of further, nuanced debates …Read more
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    Teaching Philosophy 14 (3): 345-348. 1991.
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    The Virtue Ethics of Levi Gersonides by Alexander Green
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 56 (2): 368-369. 2018.
    The works of Gersonides encompass science, philosophy, and biblical exegesis. The majority of the philosophical writings are constituted by supercommentaries on Averroes’s commentaries on Aristotle’s works, whereas his magnum opus, The Wars of the Lord, encompasses all three genres. Since these works engage his preeminent predecessors, Maimonides and Averroes, and since Gersonides explains the motivation to composing the Wars as a concern for human flourishing, the absence of a supercommentary o…Read more
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    The Power of Prejudice and the Force of Law: Spinoza’s Critique of Religion and Its Heirs
    Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 7 (1): 51-70. 2002.
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    Maimonides: A Collection of Critical Essays (review)
    Teaching Philosophy 14 (3): 345-348. 1991.
  • Spinoza's heritage has been occluded by his incorporation into the single, western, philosophical canon formed and enforced by theologico-political condemnation, and his heritage is further occluded by controversies whose secular garb shields their religious origins. By situating Spinoza's thought in a materialist Aristotelian tradition, this book sheds new light on those who inherit Spinoza's thought and its consequences materially and historically rather than metaphysically. By focusing on Mar…Read more
  • The thesis investigates the philosophical dimension of providence as the manifestation of human perfection in the thought of Moses Maimonides and St. Thomas Aquinas. In contrast to most studies of providence, which question the possibility of affirming human freedom in the light of divine knowledge, the thesis examines the function of providence in human existence. I argue that principally the concept becomes intelligible only if God is understood as providens rather than praevidens, since, for …Read more