Jacob Adler

Jacob Adler

Associate Professor

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-7537

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Jacob Adler’s primary area of research is early modern philosophy, particularly the philosophy of Spinoza. He is especially interested in the historical context of Spinoza’s writings as a resource for gaining a deeper understanding of his doctrines. Professor Adler is also interested in social and political philosophy and philosophy of law. In addition to his philosophical teaching, he teaches occasional courses in Jewish studies as part of the Religious Studies program.

Social philosophy, political philosophy, philosophy of ethics, early modern philosophy, and the philosophy of Spinoza.

PhD, Harvard

“Joseph Solomon Delmedigo: Student of Galileo and Teacher of Spinoza,” Intellectual History Review, forthcoming.

“The Zionists and Spinoza,” Israel Studies Forum 24 (2009).

“Epistemological Categories in Delmedigo and Spinoza,” Studia Spinozana 15 (1999) (actually appeared in 2006).

“Spinoza’s Physical Philosophy,” in Spinoza: Critical Assessments, ed. Genevieve Lloyd (London: Routledge, 2001).

“Letters of Judah Alfakhar and David Kimh.i, translation from Hebrew and commentary by J.A.,Studia Spinozana 12 (1996) (actually appeared in 2000).

“J. S. Delmedigo and the Liquid-in-Glass Thermometer,” Annals of Science 54.3 (1997).

Introduction and notes to Spinoza, The Letters, translated by Samuel Shirley (Indianapolis: Hackett, 1995) (with Steven Barbone and Lee Rice).

The Urgings of Conscience: A Theory of Punishment (Temple University Press, 1992)