In this lecture, we will look at Spinoza's theory of prophecy, and particularly the way in which he naturalizes the prophetic 'gift'.
In this lecture, we will look at Spinoza's theory of prophecy, and particularly the way in which he naturalizes the prophetic 'gift'. What is striking (and usually overlooked) about Spinoza's account is that, despite his strong criticisms of Maimonides in the Theological-Political Treatise, both his naturalism about prophecy and his puzzling claims about the prophet's epistemic advantages, show us how Spinoza adopts many important features of Maimonides' view of prophecy.
Steven Nadler is the William H. Hay II Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he has been teaching since 1988. He is also a faculty member of the university’s Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, and the editor of the Journal of the History of Philosophy. He has been a visiting professor at Stanford University, the University of Chicago, and the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (Paris), and the holder of the Spinoza Chair at the University of Amsterdam. Nadler is a specialist in the history of early modern philosophy and in medieval and early modern Jewish philosophy.