Daniel H. Frank

  • Professor of Philosophy; Director, Jewish Studies Program
  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Department Information

 
Philosophy // Faculty
Religious Studies // SIS // Faculty
Medieval Studies // SIS // Faculty
Classical Studies // SIS // Faculty
Jewish Studies // SIS // Faculty
Interdisciplinary Studies // Faculty
Jewish Studies // SIS // Administration

Office Information

  • Office: BRNG 7135
  • Office Phone: (765) 494-7564
  • Office Fax: (765) 496-1616
  • E-mail: dfrank@purdue.edu
  • Specialization

  • Ancient Philosophy, Medieval Islamic and Jewish Philosophy, History of Political Philosophy, Ethics

  • Representative Publications

    • Jewish Philosophy Past and Present: Contemporary Responses to Classical Sources. Co-edited with Aaron Segal. London and New York: Routledge (2017), 317pp.
    • Spinoza on Politics, with Jason Waller (Routledge Philosophy Guidebooks Series). London and New York: Routledge (2016), 169pp.
    • The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Jewish Philosophy. Co-edited with Oliver Leaman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2003), 483pp.
    • The Jewish Philosophy Reader. Co-edited with Oliver Leaman and Charles Manekin. London and New York: Routledge (2000), 618pp.
    • History of Jewish Philosophy. Co-edited with Oliver Leaman. London and New York: Routledge (1997), 934pp.
    • (revised edition) Saadya Gaon, The Book of Doctrines and Beliefs (Alexander Altmann [ed./tr.]. Oxford: East and West Library, 1946), new introduction by DHF. Indianapolis and Cambridge, MA: Hackett (2002), 194pp.
    • (revised edition) Maimonides, The Guide of the Perplexed (Julius Guttmann [ed.] and Chaim Rabin [tr.]. London: East and West Library, 1952), new introduction by DHF. Indianapolis and Cambridge, MA: Hackett (1995), 233pp.
    • “Meaning, Truth, and History: Maimonides and Spinoza on the Interpretation of Scripture.” In Jewish Philosophy Past and Present: Contemporary Responses to Classical Sources (op. cit., 2017), 46-54
    • “Jewish Perspectives on Natural Theology.” In The Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology, ed. Russell Re Manning. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2013), 137-50
    • “The Politics of Fear: Idolatry and Superstition in Maimonides and Spinoza.” In Judaic Sources and Western Thought: Jerusalem’s Enduring Presence, ed. Jonathan Jacobs. New York. Oxford University Press (2011), 177-89
    • “Jewish Philosophical Theology.” In The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology, eds. Thomas Flint and Michael Rea. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2009), 541-55
    • “Divine Law and Human Practices.” In The Cambridge History of Jewish Philosophy: From Antiquity through the Seventeenth Century, eds. Steven Nadler and T. M. Rudavsky. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2009), 790-807
    • “Maimonides and Medieval Jewish Aristotelianism.” In The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Jewish Thought (op. cit., 2003), 136-56
    • “Prophecy and Invulnerability.” In The Jewish Philosophy Reader (op. cit., 2000), 79-86
    • “What is Jewish Philosophy?” In History of Jewish Philosophy (op. cit., 1997), 1-10

    Selected Honors

    • Baumgardt Memorial Fellowship (awarded every five years), American Philosophical Association (2003-2004)
    • Visiting Research Fellowship, British Academy, London (1994)
    • Finkelstein Research Fellowship, University of Judaism (1987-1989)
    • Research Fellowship, UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (1986)

     

    Work in Progress

    • Dispassion and Engagement 
    • “Wisdom, Piety, and Superhuman Virtue”
    • “Dispassion, God, and Nature:  Maimonides and Spinoza”

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