Round Table on Miguel Vatter's Living Law: Jewish Political Theology from Hermann Cohen to Hannah Arendt

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Thursday, January 13, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EST

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The Facultad de Artes Liberales, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez and the Katz Center have joined forces to host a round table on the recently published book by Miguel Vatter, Living Law: Jewish Political Theology from Herman Cohen to Hannah Arendt (Oxford University Press, 2020). The discussants will highlight Vatter’s dialogue between political theory and Jewish philosophy, examining the ideas of law, sovereignty, and nationalism in a range of contexts from Jewish Hellenism to Hermann Cohen, and rethinking law and democracy alongside the thought of Franz Rosenzweig and Hannah Arendt. This conversation is an opportunity for Jewish studies to integrate an external canon, inviting Machiavelli, Hobbes, Carl Schmitt and others into the frame of Jewish political and legal theory, and making clear in turn what Jewish political theology contributes to think the political in the margins of sovereignty.


Miriam Jerade

Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez

Miriam Jerade is an assistant professor of Philosophy at the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, in Santiago de Chile. 

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David Flatto

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

David Flatto is a professor in the Faculty of Law and in the Department of Jewish Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Martin Kavka

Florida State University

Martin Kavka is Professor of Religion at Florida State University. His primary research interest is the discourse of modern Jewish philosophy.

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Nitzan Lebovic

Lehigh University

Nitzan Lebovic is an associate professor of history and the Apter Chair of Holocaust studies and Ethical Values at Lehigh University.

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Paula Schwebel

Paula Schwebel

Ryerson University

Paula Schwebel is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ryerson University in Toronto. She has published on Walter Benjamin, Gershom Scholem, and Franz Rosenzweig. Her current research is on twentieth-century readings of early modern political philosophy and political theologies, with a focus on Walter Benjamin and Carl Schmitt.

Miguel Vatter

Miguel Vatter

Deakin University

Miguel Vatter is Professor in Political Science at Deakin University, Australia. His current areas of research and publication are Machiavelli, Kant, republicanism, neoliberalism, biopolitics and political theology. Among his most recent books are Divine Democracy: Political Theology after Carl Schmitt (Oxford University Press, 2020) and The Republic of the Living. Biopolitics and the Critique of Civil Society (Fordham University Press, 2014).


Presented in partnership with the Facultad de Artes Liberales, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez in Santiago, Chile.