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Jonathan Jacobs
Position: Professor, Presidential Scholar, and Chair of Philosophy, John Jay College, CUNY
Campus Affiliation: John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania; B.A. Wesleyan University
Research Interests
  • Metaethics
  • Moral Psychology
  • History of Philosophy (Medieval, Early Modern)
  • Criminal Justice (Aims and Justification of Punishment)

Courses Recently Taught
  • The Metaethics of Virtue (Spring 2014)
  • Medieval Philosophy (Fall 2012) 

Representative Publications

Law, Reason, and Morality in Medieval Jewish Philosophy, Oxford University Press, (2010).

Dimensions of Moral Theory: An Introduction to Metaethics and Moral Psychology, Blackwell, (2002).

Choosing Character: Responsibility for Virtue and Vice, Cornell U. Press, (2001).

“The Reasons of the Commandments: Rational Tradition Without Natural Law,” in press, in Reason, Religion and Natural Law: Plato to Spinoza, ed. J. Jacobs, Oxford University Press, (2012).

“Reason, Will, and Human Action,” forthcoming in Blackwell History of Medieval Philosophy.

“Forgiveness and Perfection,” in Ancient Forgiveness, edited by Charles Griswold and David Konstan, Cambridge University Press, (2012).

“Criminal Justice and the Liberal Polity,” in Criminal Justice Ethics, August 2011.

“The Epistemology of Moral Tradition: A Defense of a Maimonidean Thesis,” The Review of Metaphysics, September 2010.

“Retributivism and Public Norms” in St. Andrews Studies in Philosophy and Public Affairs, (2004).