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Department of History

Tel Aviv University

Ramat Aviv 69978, Israel

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1988-92         Tel Aviv University      Dep. of History              Lecturer

1992-98         Tel Aviv University      Dep. of History              Senior Lecturer

1998-2004     Tel Aviv University      Dep. of History              Associate Professor

2004-             Tel Aviv University      Dep. of History              Full Professor

2012-             Tel Aviv University      Dep. of History              The Konrad Adenauer Chair for Comparative European History    




Introduction to Early Modern European History; History and Historians from the Renaissance to Our Times; European Intellectual History, 1500-1900; The Age of the Baroque; The Age of Romanticism; The Enlightenment and Its Opponents; The Renaissance in Modern Historiography; Literature and History: Erich Auerbach's Mimesis; Walter Benjamin as Historian of Modernity; Art and History: Aby Warburg's Theory; Why Did Rome Fall? Machiavelli, Montesquieu, and Gibbon.



PhD dissertations (completed)

 Dror K. Levi, "Johan Huizinga: A Tragic-Lyric Historian. A Study in Intellectual Biography and an Interpretation of The Waning of the Middle Ages", 1997

 Chen Tzoref-Ashkenazi, "The Indo-German Myth: Friedrich Schlegel's Quest for the Indian Origins of Germany", 2004

 Galia Bar-Or, "'Our Life Requires Art': Art Museums in the Kibbutz, 1930-1960", 2008

 MA dissertations (completed)

 Dror K. Levi  - "Johna Huizinga as a Critical Cultural Historian", 1990

¬†Chen Tzoref ¬†¬†¬†-¬† ‚ÄúFriedrich Schlegel‚Äôs Myth of India‚ÄĚ, 1999

 Na’ama Oshri   -  "The Concept of Ingenium in Vico’s Thought and its Relevance in Contemporary Science of Education" , 1999    

 Galia Assau-Ori  - "The King of Desire: Blaise Pascal on Nature, Illusion, and Authority", 2000

 Galia Bar-Or  - "The Vision of Ein-Charod and the Construction of its Art Museum", 2000

 Amir Ben Artzi  -  "Anthropological Dimensions in Isaiah Berlin’s History of Ideas", 2001

 Avi Lifshitz  - "The Maupertuis-Turgot Debate on  the Origins of Language (1748-59)", 2002

 Eyal Oren  -  "Benjamin Martin: Commerce and Science in 18th century England", 2006

 Yair Barak  -   "Cameralism: A Historiography that Refuses to be Sonderweg", 2008

 Zohar Zachs  -  "Violence as Myth, Myth as Violence: Sorel and Vico", 2010

 Tal Gazit  -  "Aby Warburg and the Kulturwissenschaftliche Bibliothek Warburg in Hamburg", 2013 

 Yuval Givon  -  "Knowledge, Representations, and European Interpretations of China as Reflected in the Travelogue of John Bell", 2014

 Natanel Nagar -  "Why was the Gregorian Calendar Reform in Britain Delayed by Some 170 Years? A Study in the History of Science and Religion", 2014                   




A. Books:

 1. The Rehabilitation of Myth: Vico's New Science, Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 1992, xiv + 275 pp.

 2. Mythistory. The Making of a Modern Historiography, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2003, xii + 354 pp.

 3. The Legacy of Vico in Modern Cultural History, Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2012, ix + 285 pp.


B. Books Edited:

 1. Narrative Patterns in Scientific Disciplines, eds. Joseph Mali and Gabriel Motzkin, in the series Science in Context, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, (vol. 7 (1), 1994, 160 pp.

 2. Literature and History, eds. JosephMali and Rayah Cohen, The Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History,Jerusalem, 1999, 354 p. [Hebrew]

 3. Wars, Revolutions, and Generational Identity, ed. Joseph Mali, Am Oved, Tel Aviv, 2001, 187 p. [Hebrew]

 4. Isaiah Berlin’s Counter-Enlightenment, eds. Joseph Mali and Robert Wokler, Philadelphia: The American Philosophical Society, 2003, xi + 196 pp.

  5. New Times: Studies in Modern Historiography, ed. Joseph Mali, The Open University of Israel, Tel Aviv, 2007, 415 pp. [Hebrew]



 C. Articles in Academic Journals:

 1. "Edward Gibbon: History as an "Up-Stairs" Novel", Zmanim  24 (1987), 32-47. [Hebrew]

 2. "From History to Myth: James Joyce Discovers Giambattista Vico", Zmanim 29 (1988), 56-6. [Hebrew]

 3. "'The Public Grounds of Truth': The Critical Theory of Vico", New Vico Studies 6, 1988, 59-84.

 4. "The Poetics of Politics: Vico's Philosophy of Authority", History of Political Thought 10, 1989, 41-69.

 5.  "Jacob Burckhardt: Myth, History, and Mythistory", History and Memory 3, 1991, 86-118.

 6. "In Search of Historical Time", Machshavot 61 (1991), 8-23. [Hebrew]

 7. "Jacob Burckhardt: The Historian as an Enlightened Conservative", Zmanim 38 (1991), 34-47. [Hebrew]

 8. "Is History Photogenic? The Historical Film in the Age of Postmodernism", Zmanim 39-40 (1991), 72-83. [Hebrew]

 9. "Science, Tradition, and the Science of Tradition", Science in Context 3, 1991, 143-173

 10. "Reality, Counter-Reality, and History: The Odyssey of Walter Benjamin", Zmanim 44 (1993), 52-69. [Hebrew]

¬†11. ‚ÄúNarrative Patterns in Scientific Disciplines: An Introduction‚ÄĚ, in Science in Context 7 (1), 1994, 3-6.

 12. "Narrative, Myth, and History", Science in Context 7 (1), 1994, 121-142.

¬†13. "Political Restoration or Cultural Renaissance? Historiographical Reflections on Ranke and Burckhardt‚ÄĚ, Tel Aviver Jahrbuch f√ľr deutsche Geschichte XXV (1996), 97-116.

¬†14. "Real Narratives: Myth, History, and Mythistory‚ÄĚ, History of Historiography 30 (1996), 3-18.

¬†15. "Retrospective Prophets: Vico, Benjamin, and Other German Mythologists‚ÄĚ, Clio. A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History 26 (4), 1997, 427-448.

¬†16. "Ernst Kantorowicz: History as Mythenschau‚ÄĚ, History of Political Thought XVIII (4), 1997, 579-603.

¬†17. "Counterclockwise. Notes Towards an Ecology of Time‚ÄĚ, The European Legacy 3 (3), 1998, 1-17.

 18. '''A Storm is Blowing from Paradise': The Great War and the Formation of Modern Historiography", Zmanim 44 (1993), 52-69. [Hebrew]

¬†19. "The Reconciliation of Myth: Benjamin‚Äôs Homage to Bachofen‚ÄĚ,¬† Journal of the History of Ideas, 60 (1999), 165-187.

¬†20. "Dialectical Enchantment: The Modern Mythology of Walter Benjamin‚ÄĚ, Dialogue and Universalism, vol. IX (3-4), 1999, 49-64.

¬†21. "Sensus Communis and Bildung: Vico and the Rehabilitation of Myth in Germany‚ÄĚ, New Vico Studies 17 (1999), 11-34.¬†

¬†22. "Isaiah Berlin, Vico, und das Erbe der Gegenaufkl√§rung",¬† Zeitschrift f√ľr Ideengeschichte 4 (2007), 38-58.

 23. "Reading Michelet Reading Vico: Introduction to Michelet's Discourse on the System and the Life of Vico", New Vico Studies 26 (2008), 1-19.

 24. "The First Modern? 'Renaissance Man' in Historical Thought and Popular Culture", Zmanim 123 (2013), 44-55. [Hebrew]


D. Chapters in Academic Books:

¬†1. "Ernst Cassirer‚Äôs Interpretation of Judaism and Its Function in Modern Political Culture‚ÄĚ, in: Juden in der deutschen Wissenschaft, ed. Walter Grab, Tel Aviv: Das Institut f√ľr deutsche Geschichte, 1986, 187-215.

¬†2. "Mythology and Counter-History: The New Critical Art of Vico and Joyce‚ÄĚ, in: Vico and Joyce, ed. Donald P. Verene, New York: State University of New York Press, 1987, 32-47.

 3. "Science, Politics, and the Science of Politics: A Comment", The Scientific Enterprise, ed. E. Margalit, Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1992, 33-41.

¬†4. "‚ÄĚMythenschau‚ÄĚ: Die Geschichtsphilosophie von Ernst H. Kantorowicz‚ÄĚ, in Geschichtsk√∂rper. Zur Aktualit√§t von Ernst H. Kantorowicz, eds. Wolfgang Ernst and Cornelia Vismann, M√ľnchen: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 1998, 31-46

5. "The Poetics and Politics of Modern Historiography", in Literature and History, ed. Raya Cohen and Joseph Mali, The Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History, Jerusalem, 1999, 9-32. [Hebrew]

6. "Modernism and Historiography", in Literature and History, ed. Raya Cohen and Joseph Mali, The Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History, Jerusalem, 1999, 229-254. [Hebrew]

7. "Vera Narratio: Vico‚Äôs New Science of Myth‚ÄĚ, in Interpretation and Allegory. From Antiquity to the Modern Period, ed. Jon Whitman,Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2000, 423-36.

8. "Wars, Revolutions, and Generational Identity", in Wars, Revolutions, and Generational Identity, ed. Joseph Mali, Am Oved, Tel Aviv, 2001, 7-23.  [Hebrew] 

9. 'Berlin, Vico, and the Principles of Humanity‚ÄĚ, in Isaiah Berlin‚Äôs Counter-Enlightenment, ed. Joseph Mali and Robert Wokler, Philadelphia: The American Philosophical Society, 2003, 51-71.

10. '‚ÄėDie rechten mythischen Augen‚Äô: Burckhardts geschichtliche Anschauung‚ÄĚ, in Begegnungen mit Jacob Burckhardt, eds. Andreas Cesana and Lionel Gossman, M√ľnchen: Verlag C.H. Beck, 2004, 93-112.

11. "Giambattista Vico‚Äôs Life and Works: Introduction to the New Science‚ÄĚ, in The New Science of Giambattista Vico, Hebrew trans. Ariel Rathaus, ed. Joseph Mali, Shalem Publishing House, Jerusalem, 2005, 11-68. [Hebrew]

12. "Ephocal Times: The Cultural Revolution in Modern Historiography", in New Times: Studies in Modern Historiography, ed. Joseph Mali, The Open University of Israel, Tel Aviv, 2007, 7-33. [Hebrew]

13. "Myth, History, and Mythistory: The Legacy of Jacob Burckhardt", in New Times: Studies in Modern Historiography, ed. Joseph Mali, The Open University of Israel, Tel Aviv, 2007, 59-82. [Hebrew]

14. "Historical Consciousness Revisited: From Vico's Mythology to Funkenstein's Methodology", in Thinking Impossibilities: The Intellectual Legacy of Amos Funkenstein, eds. David Biale & Robert Westman,Toronto: The University of Toronto Press, 2008, 207-26.

15. "The Myth of the State Revisited: Ernst Cassirer and Modern Political Theory", in The Symbolic Construction of Reality: The Legacy of Ernst Cassirer, ed. Jeffrey A. Barash,Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2008, 135-62.

16. "Giambattista Vico", in The Blackwell's Companion to Philosophy of History and Historiography, ed .Aviezer Tucker, New York: Blackwell, 2008, 446-56.

17. "The German Mythologism of the Jewish Philosophers", in Zur Gegenw√§rtigkeit deutsch-j√ľdischen Denkens. Festschrift f√ľr Paul Mendes-Flohr, eds. Julia Matveev & Ashraf Noor, Munich: Fink Verlag, 2011, 207-37.

18. "‚ÄėEine Erfahrung, die tiefer geht‚Äô: Benjamins Archaeologie der Urgeschichte‚ÄĚ, in Walter Benjamin: Moderne und Gesetz, ed. Ashraf Noor, M√ľnchen: Wilhelm Fink, 2012, 117-51.¬†

19. "Between Myth and History: The Legacy of Livy" in Culture, Memory and History: Essays in Honor of Anita Shapira, eds. Uri S. Cohen and Meir Chazan, (Jerusalem: Zalman Shazar, 2012, I, 71-91. [Hebrew]

20. "The Invention of the Counter-Enlightenment: The Case for the Defense", in Religion and Knowledge in Early Modern Europe: Essays in Honor of Michael Heyd, eds. A. Ben-Tov, Y. Deutsch, and T. Herzig, Leyden: Brill, 2013, 205-28.

21. "An Answer to the Question: What is Counter-Enlightenment?", forthcoming in The History of Ideas, vol. II: The Enlightenment, ed. Gadi Taub, Jerusalem: Mossad Bialik, 2015, 289-320. [Hebrew]

22. "The Age of Baroque: Religion, Politics, and Aesthetics", forthcoming in The History of Ideas, vol. I: The Early Modern Period, ed. Joseph Mali, Jerusalem: Mossad Bialik, ca.15,000 words. due in 2016 [Hebrew]


E. Book Reviews

1. "Who is Afraid of Richard Wagner?" Review essay on  Who is Afraid of Richard Wagner? Different Perspectives on a Controversial Figure, eds. Rina Litwin and Hezi Shelach, (Carmel, Jerusalem, 1984), Zmanim20 (1985), 93-96 [Hebrew]

2. "The Counter-Enlightener", Review essay on Isaiah Berlin, Against the Current. Essays in the History of Ideas, Hebrew trans. A. Amir, Am Oved, Tel Aviv, 1986,  Zmanim 33 (1990), 105-7, [Hebrew]

3. "On Giambattista Vico‚ÄĚ, Review essay on Donald Phillip Verene, The New Art of Autobiography: An Essay on the ‚Äúlife of Giambattista Vico Written by Himself‚ÄĚ, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991; Cecila Miller, Giambattista Vico: Imagination and Historical Knowledge, New York: St. Martin‚Äôs Press, 1993; Giambattista Vico, On Humanistic Education: Six Inaugural Orations (1699-1707), trans. Giorgio A. Pinton and Arthur W. Shippe, Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1993, History of European Ideas 21 (1995), 287-90. ¬†

4. Book review of Nachman Ben-Yehuda, The Masada Myth: Collective Memory and Mythmaking in Israel, (Madison, Wis.:University of Wisconsin Press,1995), The European Legacy 2 (1997), 1444-6 

5. Book review of Fritz Stern, Einstein’s German World, Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press, 1999, The European Legacy 8 (2003), 673-4

6. Book review of John Lewis Gaddis, The Landscape of History: How Historians Map the Past, New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, American Historical Review 109 (2) (April 2004), 475-6.

7. Book review of Marc Bloch, Apologie pour l'histoire; ou, Métier d'historien, Hebrew trans. Z. Zmiri, ed. B.Z. Kedar, Mossad Bialik, Jerusalem, 2003, in Historia 14 (2004), 113-119. [Hebrew]

8. "The Revival of an Intellectual‚ÄĚ, Review essay on Bernd Witte, Walter Benjamin, Hebrew trans. K. Manor, Magnes Publishing House, Jerusalem, 2003, and St√©phane Mos√®s, Walter Benjamin and the Spirit of Modernity, Resling, Tel Aviv, 2003, Zamnim 88 (2004), pp. 110-114. [Hebrew]

9. Book review of Stefan Collini, Common Reading: Critics, Historians, and Publics, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008, in The European Legacy 14 (2009), 746-8.

10. Book review of Daniel Snowman, Historians, Houndmills, UK: Palgrave MacMillan, 2007, in The European Legacy 13 (2008), 905-6.

11. Book review of Detlev Clausen, Theodor W. Adorno. One Last Genius. transl. Rodney Livingstone, Cambridge, Mass: The Belknap Press of Harvard University press, 2008,, in The European Legacy 15 (2010), 106-7.

12. Book review of Joseph Frank, Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time, ed. Mary Petrucevicz, Pirnceton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2009, in The European Legacy 17 (2012), 268-9.

13. Book review of Years of Persecution, Years of Extermination: Saul Friedländer and the Future of Holocaust Studies, eds. Christian Wiese and Paul Betts, London: Continuum, 2010, in The European Legacy 18 (2013), 515-7.

14. Book review of Jonathan Israel, Democratic Enlightenment: Philosophy, Revolution, and Human Rights, 1750-1790, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011, in The European Legacy 19 (5) (2014), 660-62.

15. Book review of Alan Ryan, The Making of Modern Liberalism, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2012, due in The European Legacy  

16. Book review of Jeremy Adelman, Worldly Philosopher: The Odyssey of Albert O. Hirschman, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2013, due in The European Legacy

17. Book review of Weimar Thought: A Contested Legacy, eds. Peter E. Gordon & John P. McCormick (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2013), due in The European Legacy





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