Prof. Joseph Mali

Emeritus in Department of History
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(December 2014)



Department of History

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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    -  “Friedrich Schlegel’s Myth of India”, 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. “Narrative Patterns in Scientific Disciplines: An Introduction”, 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”, Tel Aviver Jahrbuch für deutsche Geschichte XXV (1996), 97-116.

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

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

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

 17. "Counterclockwise. Notes Towards an Ecology of Time”, 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’s Homage to Bachofen”,  Journal of the History of Ideas, 60 (1999), 165-187.

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

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

 22. "Isaiah Berlin, Vico, und das Erbe der Gegenaufklärung",  Zeitschrift für 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’s Interpretation of Judaism and Its Function in Modern Political Culture”, in: Juden in der deutschen Wissenschaft, ed. Walter Grab, Tel Aviv: Das Institut für deutsche Geschichte, 1986, 187-215.

 2. "Mythology and Counter-History: The New Critical Art of Vico and Joyce”, 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. "”Mythenschau”: Die Geschichtsphilosophie von Ernst H. Kantorowicz”, in Geschichtskörper. Zur Aktualität von Ernst H. Kantorowicz, eds. Wolfgang Ernst and Cornelia Vismann, München: 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’s New Science of Myth”, 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”, in Isaiah Berlin’s Counter-Enlightenment, ed. Joseph Mali and Robert Wokler, Philadelphia: The American Philosophical Society, 2003, 51-71.

10. '‘Die rechten mythischen Augen’: Burckhardts geschichtliche Anschauung”, in Begegnungen mit Jacob Burckhardt, eds. Andreas Cesana and Lionel Gossman, München: Verlag C.H. Beck, 2004, 93-112.

11. "Giambattista Vico’s Life and Works: Introduction to the New Science”, 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 Gegenwärtigkeit deutsch-jüdischen Denkens. Festschrift für Paul Mendes-Flohr, eds. Julia Matveev & Ashraf Noor, Munich: Fink Verlag, 2011, 207-37.

18. "‘Eine Erfahrung, die tiefer geht’: Benjamins Archaeologie der Urgeschichte”, in Walter Benjamin: Moderne und Gesetz, ed. Ashraf Noor, München: 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”, Review essay on Donald Phillip Verene, The New Art of Autobiography: An Essay on the “life of Giambattista Vico Written by Himself”, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991; Cecila Miller, Giambattista Vico: Imagination and Historical Knowledge, New York: St. Martin’s 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”, Review essay on Bernd Witte, Walter Benjamin, Hebrew trans. K. Manor, Magnes Publishing House, Jerusalem, 2003, and Stéphane Mosès, 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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