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Mitchell Silver, PhD

  • Senior Lecturer of Philosophy (Ethics, Jewish secularism)
  • Telephone: 617-287-6536
  • Office Location: Wheatley Hall,05,00040

Areas of Expertise

Social and political philosophy, philosophy of religion, ethical theory of health care ethics


PhD, University of Connecticut, 1980

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

I have taught philosophy at UMass Boston since 1982. I have also been the Educational Director of the I.L. Peretz School of the Brookline Workmen’s Circle since 1992 and the Cultural Director of Camp Kinderland since 1989. I am the author of A Plausible God (Fordham University Press, 2006), Respecting the Wicked Child: A Philosophy of Secular Jewish Identity and Education, (University of Massachusetts Press, 1998) and have published in the Journal of Applied Philosophy, American Journal of Nursing, Bioethics, Judaism, Leonardo, and Contemplate. I have been, and remain, a frequent contributor to Jewish Currents. Chapters authored by me appear in Defending Diversity (UMass Press, 1994) and A Life of Courage (IISHJ, Milan Press, 2003). I write and speak frequently on health care ethics, Jewish secularism, and Middle East politics. I am a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the American Philosophical Association.


Idea of God
19th Century Philosophy
Social and Political philosophy


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