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Levi Spectre, Associate Professor

Levi Spectre
Contact Info

The Open University of Israel Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies 1 University Road P.O.B. 808 Ra’anana 4353701, Israel
Office:09 - 7782014 Mobile:+ 972 50 207 5666 Email:levisp@openu.ac.il

Areas of Interest
  • Epistemology - formal and traditional
  • Epistemology and evidence law
  • Epistemological issues in the philosophy of language
  • Rational (degrees of) belief and (group/political) psychology
  • Theoretical and decision-theoretic rationality
  • Issues in ethics and epistemology

Levi Spectre defended his PhD dissertation at Stockholm University’s Department of Theoretical Philosophy in December 2009. Since then, he is at The Open University of Israel’s Department of History, Philosophy, and Judaic Studies; since 2016 as a Senior Lecturer. Spectre specializes in epistemology (formal and non-formal) and its intersection with subjects or issues in philosophies of law, language, psychology, decision theory, religion, politics, and ethics. Besides the subjects mentioned, he is also competent in Jewish philosophy and teaches medieval Jewish philosophy at Paideia – The Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden. Spectre is part of an international and interdisciplinary research project – Knowledge Resistance: Causes, Consequences, and Cures – based in Sweden and funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. Besides philosophers, it includes psychologists, political and media scientists from Sweden, Denmark, Poland, the USA, and Israel. He has written an advanced BA coursebook on contemporary epistemology (in Hebrew), chairs his department’s academic subcommittee, is a member of the Open University of Israel’s transfer tracks committee , and chairs Paideia’s Strategic Board. Spectre has a background in agriculture and management and dislikes writing about himself in the third-person. However, he can talk about himself endlessly in the first-person

Enoch, David & Spectre, Levi (2021). Statistical resentment, or: What’s wrong with acting, blaming, and believing on the basis of statistics alone. Synthese (online): 1-32 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-021-03042-6

Pitcovski, Eli & Spectre, Levi (2020). If you don’t know that you know, you could be surprised. Noûs (online): 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1111/nous.12343

Enoch, David & Spectre, Levi (2019). Sensitivity, Safety, and the Law: A Reply to Pardo. Legal Theory 25(3): 178-199. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1352325219000120

Spectre, Levi (2019). Compartmentalized knowledge. Philosophical Studies 176(10): 2785- 2805. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11098-018-1151-2

Nissan-Rozen, Ittay & Spectre, Levi (2019). A pragmatic argument against equal weighting. Synthese 196(10): 4211-4227. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-017-1651-1

Rothschild, Daniel & Spectre, Levi (2018). A Puzzle about Knowing Conditionals. Noûs 52(2): 473-478. https://doi.org/10.1111/nous.12183

Rothschild, Daniel & Spectre, Levi (2018). At the Threshold of Knowledge. Philosophical Studies 175(2): 449-460. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11098-017-0876-7

Sharon, Assaf & Spectre, Levi (2017). Evidence and the Openness of Knowledge. Philosophical Studies 174(4): 1001-1037. Symposium paper. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11098-016-0723-2

Sharon, Assaf & Spectre, Levi (2017). Replies to Comesaña and Yablo. Philosophical Studies 174(4): 1073-1090. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11098-016-0725-0

Hawthorne, John; Rothschild, Daniel & Spectre, Levi (2016). Belief is Weak. Philosophical Studies 173(50): 1393-1404. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11098-015-0553-7