Lenn Goodman

Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Studies
Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities

B.A. (Harvard University 1965)
D.Phil (Oxford University, 1968)

(615) 343-3158
117 Furman Hall

Lenn E. Goodman is a Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Studies, and Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities. His philosophical interests center on metaphysics and ethics, and he has paid special attention over the years to Islamic and Jewish philosophical thought and their creative interactions. Goodman was a winner of the American Philosophical Association Baumgardt Memorial Prize and was a rare Humanities Recipient of Vanderbilt University’s top research award, the Earl Sutherland prize.

He has written philosophical essays on most of the major figures of Islamic and Jewish philosophy and on a variety of topics in political philosophy, biophilosophy, and the theory of knowledge and culture. He serves on the editorial boards of History of Philosophy Quarterly and Medieval Philosophy and Theology. He is an associate editor of Asian Philosophy. He has served as Vice President and Program Chair of the Institute for Islamic/Judaic Studies. He has also served as program chair for the APA panels of the Academy for Jewish Philosophy. He was Jewish Philosophy subject editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy and is a fellow of the Academy for Jewish Philosophy.

Professor Goodman has also contributed to the Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, the Oxford Companion to Philosophy, the Blackwell’s Companion to the Philosophy of Religion, the Companion Encyclopedia of Asian Philosophy, as well as other works of reference. In 2008 Oxford University Press published Goodman’s Gifford lectures under the title Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself.

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