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Ernest Rubinstein

Ernest Rubinstein

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Professor Rubinstein works at the intersection of religion, philosophy, and literature. He has written three books: An Episode of Jewish Romanticism (1999), on the philosopher Franz Rosenzweig; Religion and the Muse (2008), on the relation between religion and literature; and From Ecclesiastes to Simone Weil: Varieties of Philosophical Spirituality, (2014).  His next book is on the relations between Judaism and Christianity.  He has taught at Drew University, Rutgers University, and the New School.  Professor Rubinstein teaches philosophy and religion courses at NYUSPS Center for Applied Liberal Arts.

Currently Teaching

Religion and Literature: From the Bible to James Baldwin

Explore themes—love, death, evil, suffering, and forgiveness—across religious and literary texts from the Western canon and beyond.

Three Jewish Heretics: Elisha ben Abuyah, Spinoza, and Jacob Frank

Explore the lives and legacies of three prominent Jewish heretics, and examine how they have influenced Jewish tradition and philosophy.

Philosophy as a Guide to Spiritual Life

Consider some ways that philosophy distinguishes itself from religion as a guide to spiritual life.