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© Rob Leventhal

Robert Leventhal


June, July, August 2021

Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur des Landes Brandenburg

Rob Leventhal received his B.A. from Grinnell College (German and Philosophy) and his M.A. and Ph.D. in German Literature and Thought from Stanford University. Since 2004 he is Professor of German Studies and Director of the Program in German Studies at William & Mary. Rob has written on G.E. Lessing, J.G. Herder, F. Schlegel, Kant, Schiller, Karl Philipp Moritz, Marcus Herz, Kafka, Thomas Bernhard, Wim Wenders, and the reemergence of the Jewish Community in Munich after 1989.

The relationship between the philosopher Baruch de Spinoza (1632-1677) and early German Romanticism and Idealism has been the subject of renewed interest in the last decade. To date, there is no comprehensive study of the productive appropriation, rewriting, and redesign of Spinoza and Spinozism in Early Romanticism. Robert Leventhal intends to fill this gap by philologically tracing the individual reception and interpretation of Spinoza in the period after 1787, and in a further step harmonize this positive appropriation with the new historical understanding of early Romantic philosophy/hermeneutics.