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    Essentialism and Pluralism in Aristotle’s “Function Argument”
    Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (2): 391-400. 2017.
    Aristotle is often thought of as one of the fathers of essentialism in Western philosophy. Aristotle’s argument for the essence of human beings is, however, much more flexible than this prejudice might suggest. In the passage about the “human function” at Nichomachean Ethics 1.7, Aristotle gives an account of the particular “function” of human beings that does not ask very much of the modern reader—only that she be prepared to analyze human beings as a logical category according to certain rules…Read more
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    Spinoza, Josephism And The Critique Of The Hebrew Republic
    History of Political Thought 35 (2): 295-316. 2014.
    This paper attempts to treat Spinoza's Tractatus Theologico Politicus in the context of recent work on 'political Hebraism'. First it examines the role of the ancient historian Flavius Josephus in the general context of political Hebraism, and then it discusses his place in Spinoza's writings more specifically. The argument attempts to show that a particular mode of reading Josephus emerged in the political Hebraist tradition, and that Spinoza may be seen as both the end of this tradition and a …Read more