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Dr. Steven Frankel

Dr. Steven Frankel

Professor, Philosophy Department

Professor, Honors Programs

Professor of Philosophy, Jewish Studies

ML 4443
203 Hinkle Hall

Phone: (513) 745-3668

Fax: (513) 745-3065


  • Ph.D. (University of Chicago)

First Year at Xavier University:



Spinoza, Early Modern Philosophy


Professor Steven Frankel received his Ph.D. from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago in 1997. Upon graduation, Professor Frankel joined the faculty at the American University of Paris, where he received the Board of Trustees Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2001. In 2003, Professor Frankel moved to Xavier where he teaches for the Department of Philosophy and Philosophy, Politics, and the Public (PPP).  At Xavier, he established an international exchange program and a summer study program with the University of Paris.  He also established a summer study program with the Jesuits at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Jerusalem. In 2017, the Xavier student body selected Professor Frankel as the "Bishop Fenwick Teacher of the Year."

Professor Frankel's scholarly work focuses on the relationship between philosophy and religion.  His work has appeared in over a dozen journals including the Review of Metaphysics, Interpretation, Archiv für Geshichte der Philosophie, The Review of Politics, International Philosophical Quarterly, Teaching Philosophy, and the Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy. His work has also appeared in various collections including Spinoza and Medieval Jewish Philosophy (Cambridge University Press), Reorientation: Leo Strauss in the 1930s (Palgrave Macmillan), and Liquider Mai 68? (Presses de la Renaissance, Paris).   In 2014, he published a collection of essays with Prof. John Ray on intellectual and cultural life in France, entitled French Studies: Literature,Culture, and Politics (Éditions Honoré Champion, Paris).  He is currently writing a book on the philosophy of Spinoza.

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