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Dr. Alan Levinovitz
Contact Info

Office: Cleveland 106
Phone: (540) 568-3509
Fax: (540) 568-8072


B.A. Stanford University

M.A. and Ph.D. University of Chicago Divinity School


Dr. Levinovitz focuses primarily on the relationship between religion and literature, with particular attention to classical Chinese thought and comparative ethics. He is currently working on a book called The Gentleman and the Jester on two forms of ethical pedagogy. Other interests include the tension between paratext (introductions, footnotes, etc.) and primary text, the importance of genre in ethical discourse, and the ethics of contested illnesses and medical practices.

Selected Publications:

The Gluten Lie: And Other Myths About What We Eat (Regan Arts: April 2015)

"Dao with A Capital Dao: A Study in the Significance of Capital Letters" forthcoming from the Journal of the American Academy of Religion.

"The Zhuangzi and You: Defining an Ideal Without Contradiction," forthcoming, Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 10.2 (2012).

"Moby Dick's Hidden Philosopher: A Second Look at Stubb," Philosophy and Literature 32.2 (2008).

"When Choice Doesn't Matter: Rawls, Religion, and the Faith School Debate," The Journal of Philosophy of Education 38.2 (2004).