Aryeh Botwinick


464 Gladfelter Hall
Temple University
1115 West Berks St.
Philadelphia PA 19122
Phone: 215-204-1484
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Aryeh Botwinick received his Ph.D. from the Inter-Disciplinary Program in Political Philosophy at Princeton University in 1973. He teaches regularly within the Department upper-class electives and graduate courses in political theory. Among the courses that he teaches on a regular basis are Classical Political Philosophy, Ancient and Medieval Political Philosophy, Modern Political Philosophy, Introduction to Political Philosophy, Seminar in Political Philosophy, Theories of Justice, Contemporary Theories of Democracy, American Political Thought, and 19th and 20th Century Political Philosophy. He received the College of Liberal Arts Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008.

Since the publication of his book, Skepticism , Belief, and the Modern:  Maimonides to Nietzsche (Cornell University Press, 1997), he has been working to reconfigure and rearticulate the relationship between Western monotheism and Western secularism. He has tried to highlight a continuity of logical structure between key interpretations of monotheism  and  key readings of philosophical liberalism. The projects that he is currently working on as continuations of the earlier  work are:

  • The Community of the Question:  Negative Theology in Monotheistic Thought
  • Rabbinic Theology:  Its Metaphysical Presuppositions and Political Implications.
  • Theoretical Reconsiderations in the History of Western Political Thought
  • Moses Maimonides: Philosophy and Law

Selected Publications



  • Political Abuse of a Biblical Paradigm: The Case of the Akeidah appeared in the Summer 2002 issue of Telos (Number 124).
  • The Qu’ran as a Negative Theological Text: The Evidence of Sura II appears in the Spring 2007 issue of Telos.
  • “Emmanuel Levinas’s Otherwise than Being:  Is an Ethics of Substitution a Jewish Ethics?” was published in Listening:  Journal of Religion and Culture in 2008.
  • “Philosophy, Skepticism, and Politics:  A Review-Essay of the Works of Michael Oakeshott” appeared in Political Theory, Volume 36, Number 3 (June 2008).
  • “Monotheism, Negative Theology, and Mysticism:  A Review Essay of ‘Maimonides’ Confrontation with Mysticism”  appeared in Philosophy East and West, Volume 58, Number 3 (July 2008).
  • “The Dialectic of Monotheism:  St. Paul’s ‘Letter to the Romans,’” appeared in the Summer 2008 issue of Telos (Number 143).
  • “Indeterminacy and Interpretation,” constitutes a chapter in a book edited by Jose V. Ciprut called, Indeterminacy:  The Mapped, the Navigable and the Uncharted (MIT Press, Fall, 2008).
  • “ Liberal  Democracy:  Interrogating the Premises and Inferences,” constitutes a chapter in a book edited by Jose V. Ciprut called, Democrtizations:  Comparisons, Confrontations, Contrasts (MIT Press, Fall, 2008).
  • “Peter Bachrach:  Liberal Democracy and Participation” appears in PS:  Political Science and Politics, January 2010.
  • “Levinas, Jewish Thought, and Postmodernity:  A Review-Essay of Michael Morgan, ‘Discovering Levinas,’”  appeared in the AJS Review , Volume XXXIV, Number 2, Fall, 2009.
  • “Shakespeare in Advance of Hobbes:  Pathways to the Modernization of the European Psyche as Charted in The Merchant of Venice” appeared in the Winter 2010 issue of Telos (Number 153).
  • My article, “God: Divine Transcendence” appears in The Cambridge History of Jewish Philosophy:  The Modern Era, ed. Martin Kavka, Zachary Braiterman, and David Novak (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
  • “Liberal Democracy, Negative Theory, and Circularity:  Plato and Rawls,” appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of Telos (Number 161).


Dr. Aryeh Botwinick

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