GREEN, KENNETH
Associate Professor
Contact Areas of Interest
Green, Kenneth Department for the Study of Religion
University College, Room F104
15 King’s College Circle
Toronto, ON M5S 3H7
t: 416-978-8116
e: kenneth.green@utoronto.ca
  • Jewish thought and philosophy
  • Philosophy of religion
  • Judaism in the modern age
  • Political philosophy

About

Kenneth Hart Green has been teaching in the DSR since 1987. As an undergraduate at the University of Toronto in the 1970s, he was introduced to Jewish philosophy by Emil Fackenheim. Green pursued graduate studies at Brandeis University and received his PhD in 1989 supervised by Marvin Fox. Green’s major research interest has been the critical exploration of the thought of Leo Strauss, whom he regards as one of the most significant Jewish thinkers of the 20th century. Green’s two new books on Leo Strauss and Maimonides were published by the University of Chicago Press in 2013. He is also series editor for a new SUNY Press series on “The Thought and Legacy of Leo Strauss.” In addition, he has published essays on Judah Halevi, Moses Maimonides, Baruch Spinoza, Moses Mendelssohn, Franz Rosenzweig, Gershom Scholem, and Emil Fackenheim. He has just completed a book on Fackenheim’s thought, which will shortly appear in print. And he is presently working on a manuscript with the tentative title: “What Moses Saw: Maimonidean Meditations, or On the Torah as a Speculative Teaching.”

Curriculum Vitae

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Primary Teaching

  • History of Judaism (ancient, medieval and modern)
  • Jewish thought and philosophy

Selected Publications

2014  “Is It Possible to Reconcile Reason and Revelation?: Their Mutual Relations in the Thought of Leo Strauss,” in From Compassion to Humanity (Lexington, 2014)

2013  “Response to a Letter: Reflections by the Author on To Mend the World (1983),” by Emil L. Fackenheim, with editor’s introduction and annotation (Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, 2013)

2013  “Leo Strauss, the ‘New Thinking,’ and To Mend the World” (1984), by Emil L. Fackenheim, with editor’s introduction and annotation (Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, 2013)

2013  Leo Strauss on Maimonides: The Complete Writings (University of Chicago Press, 2013)

2013  Leo Strauss and the Rediscovery of Maimonides (University of Chicago Press, 2013)

2012  “What S.Y. Agnon Taught Gershom Scholem about Jewish History,” in Encountering the Medieval in Modern Jewish Thought (Brill, 2012)

2012  “Spinoza’s Defense of the Bible,” in The Companionship of Books (Lexington Books, 2011)

2008  “Leo Strauss’s Challenge to Emil Fackenheim: Heidegger, Radical Historicism, and Diabolical Evil,” in Emil L. Fackenheim: Philosopher, Theologian, Jew (Brill, 2008)

Accomplishments & Awards

  • Tikvah Fund, Publication Grant re Leo Strauss on Maimonides: The Complete Writings (2011-12)
  • SSHRC Standard Research Grant (2003-06)