Kenneth Green

University College, Room F104, 15 King's College Circle, Toronto, ON M5S 3H7


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Jewish thought and philosophy
  • Philosophy of religion
  • Judaism in the modern age
  • Political philosophy


Kenneth Hart Green has been teaching in the DSR since 1987. As an undergraduate at the University of Toronto in the 1970s, he was introduced to Jewish philosophy by Emil Fackenheim. Green pursued graduate studies at Brandeis University and received his PhD in 1989 supervised by Marvin Fox. Green’s major research interest has been the critical exploration of the thought of Leo Strauss, whom he regards as one of the most significant Jewish thinkers of the 20th century. Green’s two new books on Leo Strauss and Maimonides were published by the University of Chicago Press in 2013. He is also series editor for a new SUNY Press series on “The Thought and Legacy of Leo Strauss.” In addition, he has published essays on Judah Halevi, Moses Maimonides, Baruch Spinoza, Moses Mendelssohn, Franz Rosenzweig, Gershom Scholem, and Emil Fackenheim. He has just completed a book on Fackenheim’s thought, which will shortly appear in print. And he is presently working on a manuscript with the tentative title: “What Moses Saw: Maimonidean Meditations, or On the Torah as a Speculative Teaching.”


PhD, Brandeis University
MA, Brandeis University
BA, University of Toronto