Alan Levinovitz
Associate Professor, James Madison University

Alan Jay Levinovitz is an associate professor of philosophy and religion at James Madison University in Virginia. He is the author of The Gluten Lie: And Other Myths About What You Eat (2015) and Natural: How Faith In Nature’s Goodness Leads to Harmful Fads, Unjust Laws, and Flawed Science (2020) (US) (UK).

Written by Alan Levinovitz

Ginseng root. Photo by Sina Schuldt/picture alliance via Getty

Illness and disease
Natural and unnatural

‘Natural’ remedies are metaphysically inconsistent and unscientific. Yet they offer something that modern medicine cannot

Alan Jay Levinovitz

Classic /Philosophy of religion

A funhouse mirror for the soul

Zhuang Zi

Zhuang Zi , c300 BCE

With a new introduction and commentary by Alan Jay Levinovitz

Near the Water Lilies in the Marsh by Ludwig Dettman, 1897. Dettman was a member of the National Socialist (Nazi) party until his death in 1944. Courtesy Wikimedia

It never was golden

‘The good old days’ is a virulent falsehood that infects those whose defences have been weakened by fear and insecurity

Alan Jay Levinovitz

It’s in the stars; Ben Bernanke testifies before the Joint Economic Committee on Capitol Hill June 7, 2012 Photo by Win McNamee/Getty

The new astrology

By fetishising mathematical models, economists turned economics into a highly paid pseudoscience

Alan Jay Levinovitz