Architect of Potentialism Theory

David Birnbaum Philosophy


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“Birnbaum’s masterpiece work Summa Metaphysica is perhaps the first offering of a new school of spiritual potentialism.”

—Rabbi Benjamin Blech, Yeshiva University


“An original and in this reader’s opinion, very promising point of view. … the author gathers a philosophically coherent and, in the end, highly modern insight … He appropriately describes it as a unified metaphysics within the constraints of Jewish doctrine, consistent with its historical development, and consistent with secular scientific thought …”

—Professor Louis Dupré, Yale University


“Birnbaum’s God and Good is a major intellectual triumph and potential conceptual breakthrough … it endeavors to weave It-from-Bit Theory into a unified metaphysics.”

—Scientist John Archibald Wheeler, Princeton University


“Remarkable and profound, Summa Metaphysica II rounds out the author’s powerful and original Cosmic Womb of Potential metaphysics … Has the author indeed founded a new field — Potentialism? … Did we all miss the obvious all along?”

—Claude Lévi-Strauss, Paris


“If iconoclast private scholar Birnbaum is the founder of the metaphysical School of Potentialism via his ‘infinite divine potential’ construct, then Daniel Khalil is his foremost Modern Orthodox Jewish explicator.”

—Rabbi Marvin Tokayer, former spiritual leader of the Jewish community of Japan


“Iconoclast Birnbaum is a daring and dynamic intellect … His avantgarde Potentialism may turn out to be totally wrong — or may turn out to be the ‘irresistible force’ … perhaps best not to bet against the fascinating hypothesis.”

—Emeritus Professor of Philosophy John Hospers, USC



for David Birnbaum philosophy, metaphysics, see also


Potentialism Theory

Theory of Potential

David Birnbaum Metaphysics