Paul E. NahmeDorot Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Paul E. Nahme (Ph.D., University of Toronto) is the Dorot Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Brown University. He has studied Rabbinic Literature and Jewish Law at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. He taught previously at the University of Kansas and was formerly a fellow at the NYU School of Law and Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University. His areas of interest are modern German-Jewish philosophy, French post-structuralism, and modern Rabbinic thought. His research focuses upon questions of identity, race, religion, nationalism, and the dynamics of secularism and public reasoning.
Spirit and Secularity: The Enchantment of the Public Sphere in the Jewish Social Thought of Hermann Cohen (manuscript in preparation)
"God is the Reason: Hermann Cohen's Monotheism and the Liberal Theologico-Political Predicament" Modern Theology (2016)
“Wissen und Lomdus: Idealism, Modernity, and History in some Nineteenth-Century Rabbinic and Philosophical Responses to the Wissenschaft des Judentums” Harvard Theological Review, (2017), forthcoming.
"Revealing What's Implicit: Maimonides' Acount of Creation and Revelation Beyond Naturalism and Politics" The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, (Forthcoming)
"Law, Principle, and the Theologico-Political History of Sovereignty" Political Theology 14: 4 (2013): 432-479
I am particularly interested in the multiple epistemologies of religion in modernity and try to examine the larger questions of secularization, power, and the politics of objectivity in our methods of knowing and knowledge producing. I am currently completing articles that address these problems through the lens of "idealism" as a philosophical expression of critique and self-reflexivity in knowledge, and a means of helping navigate between the theologico-political problems of essentialism, belonging, and identity.