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"Ever tried.  Ever failed.  No matter.  Try again.  Fail again.  Fail better."

Samuel Beckett

Selected Articles

Glaucon's Fate: History, Myth, and Character in Plato's Republic.  Forthcoming, Paul Dry Books, 2018.


Plato and the Talmud.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011; paperback, 2013.


Kierkegaard and Socrates: A Study in Philosophy and Faith.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006; paperback, 2008. 


The Paradox of Political Philosophy: Socrates’ Philosophic Trial.  Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1998.


The Republic: The Odyssey of Philosophy.  New York: Twayne Publishers (MacMillan), 1993; reissued by Paul Dry Books, 2004.


A Long Way Home: The Story of a Jewish Youth, 1939-1948.  Bob Golan.  Edited by Jacob Howland.  Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2005.

    “A Shimmering Socrates: Philosophy and Poetry in Kierkegaard’s Platonic Authorship,” in A Companion to Kierkegaard.  Ed. Jon Stewart.  Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015.

    “Fear and Trembling’s ‘Attunement’ as Midrash,” in Cambridge Critical Guide to Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling.  Ed. Daniel Conway.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

     “Chicago Love Letters.”  Commentary, Oct. 2015, 42-47.

     “Cosmos and Philosophy in Plato and the Bible.”  Nova et Vetera, English Edition, 13. 3 (2015): 669–692.

     “Lessing and Socrates in Postscript.”  In Cambridge Guide to Kierkegaard’s Postscript.  Ed. Rick Furtak.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

     “Plato’s Apology as Tragedy.”  Review of Politics 70.4 (2008), 519-546.

      “Partisanship and the Work of Philosophy in Plato’s Timaeus.”  Review of Politics 69.1 (2007), 1-27. 

​      “Plato’s Reply to Lysias: Republic 1 and 2 and Against Eratosthenes.” American Journal of Philology 125.2 (2004), 179-208. 

      “Aristotle’s Great-Souled Man.”  Review of Politics 64.1 (Winter 2002), 27-56.

      “Xenophon’s Philosophic Odyssey: On the Anabasis and Plato’s Republic.”  American Political   Science Review 94.4 (December, 2000), 875-889.

      “The Republic’s Third Wave and the Paradox of Political Philosophy.”  Review of Metaphysics 51.3 (March, 1998), 633-657.

      “Re-reading Plato: The Problem of Platonic Chronology.”  Phoenix 45.3 (1991): 189-214.








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