Project Directors

Yitzhak Melamed

Yitzhak Y. Melamed is Charlotte Bloomberg Professor of Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University. He works at the intersection of philosophy and Jewish studies, with a focus on foundational metaphysical questions. His 2013 book Spinoza’s Metaphysics: Substance and Thought offers a bold revisionary reading of Spinoza’s philosophy, and his more recent work examines Spinoza’s delicate critical dialogue with medieval Jewish sources.  Criticizing the tendency to read Spinoza as a secular thinker, Prof. Melamed reassesses Spinoza’s political and religious thought.

Many of Yitzhak Melamed’s papers can be found here.

Clare Carlisle

Clare Carlisle is Reader in Philosophy and Theology at King’s College London. She is the author of several books including On Habit (2014) and Philosopher of the Heart: The Restless Life of Søren Kierkegaard (2019). Her current work focuses on Spinoza’s philosophy of religious life, resisting secular interpretations of Spinoza to discern his subtle engagements with Christian thought. Her forthcoming book Spinoza’s Religion: The Ethics of Being in God (2021) sets out a new interpretation of the Ethics, showing that “being-in-God” is the fundamental principle uniting the ontological, ethical and existential import of the text.

Many of Clare Carlisle’s papers can be found here.

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