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Born in Athens, Greece, Samuel's ancestors’ diverse origins give him global roots: in Okinawa, Japan, among the Chippewa (or Ojibwe) people, and in Eastern Europe (Poland and Croatia), and motivate his mission to unite the ancient and the modern.


​While earning his Ph.D. at Yale, Samuel was a Junior Fellow at the MacMillan Center’s Initiative on Religion, Politics, and Society, a John H. Hord Fellow,
and the recipient of a Baron Foundation Grant for his research on antisemitism.​


Samuel’s work focuses on the ancient-modern continuum in metaphysics and theology, the German tradition, and the relationship between science, philosophy, technology, and religion.


He’s the Editor-in-Chief of the Marginalia Review of Books, Director of the Meanings of Science Project (with support from the Templeton Foundation), architect and co-founder of The Writing College, creator of the Becoming Human Project and host of Becoming Human: A Show for a Species in Crisis, featuring his work as a teacher and interviewer.​


He has taught at Yale University, Otto-Friedrich University Bamberg, and offers workshops, consultations, and classes on science, philosophy, religion, and technology.​


His writing has been read at Google, taught in classes and universities across the world, and translated into Chinese, Portuguese, and Farsi. As a consultant and speaker he has worked with clients like the United Nations, Oliver Wyman, and Redbull Arts.


In all his work, he blends scholarly and creative concerns and integrates separated spaces that need each other's wisdom. His projects orbit around a few big questions, all concerned with what it means to be human in an era dominated by technology and globalization. ​


His book, Becoming Human: Philosophy as Science and Religion from Plato to Posthumanism, is forthcoming from Columbia University Press. 

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