Samuel Goldman received his Ph.D. in Political Science in 2010. His dissertation, The Shadow of God: Strauss, Jacobi, and the Theologico-Political Problem was awarded the Robert Noxon Toppan Prize for the Best Dissertation on a Subject of Political Science by the Department of Government at Harvard University. Goldman’s research interests include: secularization theories, Enlightenment critiques of religion, and German idealism. His recent work includes an article on Leo Strauss and Claude Lefort and a book chapter on Spinoza and Descartes. Goldman is currently revising his dissertation for publication. In addition to scholarly publications, his writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New Criterion, and Maximumrocknroll.
Oded Schechter's work focuses on early modern and modern philosophy, late interpretations of the Talmud, Modern Jewish philosophy, and Modern Jewish Political Thought. His former and current work, and his manuscripts include: The Philosophy of Salomon Maimon, The Genealogy of Hebrew as a Political-Ontological Struggle, Spinoza’s Ontology and Political Thought. He is currently focusing on Critique of Secularism, and the Core of the Absolute after Auschwitz.
Oded Schechter’s education includes years of studies in Ultra-Orthodox Yeshivas in Bnei-Brak and Jerusalem. He studied philosophy towards his MA degree at the interdisciplinary program for excellent students and Cohn Institute for History and Philosophy of Sciences and Ideas at Tel Aviv University, and toward his PhD at the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, where he worked on Spinoza philosophy. Oded was a postdoc EMUE fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Among his teaching positions, he served as an assistant professor at Potsdam University, and as collegiate assistant professor and Harper & Schmidt fellow at the University of Chicago.
Professor Schechter and Professor Russ-Fishbane continue from 2009-2010 and 1010-2011 as the Tikvah Project 2011-2012 Post-Doctoral Fellows