Prof. Dr. Menachem Fisch

Joseph and Ceil Mazer Emeritus Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, and Director of the Center for Religious and Interreligious Studies, Tel Aviv University

Humboldt Research Award-Fellow at the Martin-Buber-Chair and Fellow of the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften (October 2016 − August 2017)

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Academic Interests

  • Philosophy of science, religion, mind, language and self
  • History of early Victorian science and mathematics
  • Theological, halakhic and philosophical aspects of the Talmudic literature
  • Interreligious studies
  • Political philosophy in its Israeli context

Current Research Projects

  • The Zionist Revolution and Its Enemies: On the Origins of Israel’s Resistance to State Zionism (on the roots of the reaction in Israel to political Zionism in recent decades)
  • The Dialogical Project of Judaism's Formative Canon: Re-defining Rational Theology (systematic study of Talmudic dialogism)
  • The Dialogical Turn in Modern Jewish Thought (dedicated to analyzing how the philosophy of major modern Jewish thinkers evolved in dialogue with contemporary Christian writings, together with Prof. Christian Wiese)

Selected Publications

  • The Rabbis’ Dispute of Religiosity: A Study of Talmudic Confrontational Theology (Hebrew), Bar Ilan Univeristy Press (forthcoming, 2017)
  • Creatively Undecided: Toward a History and Philosophy of Scientific Agency, The University of Chicago Press (forthcoming, 2017)
  • The View from Within: Normativity and the Limits of Self Criticism (with Y. Benbaji), The University of Notre Dame Press (2011)
  • Rational Rabbis: Science and Talmudic Culture, Indiana University Press (1997)
  • William Whewell: Philosopher of Science, Oxford University Press (1991)

Selected recent Fellowships and Awards

2017                   Doctor Honoris Causa in religious philosophy, Goethe University, Frankfurt
2016/17 Humboldt Research Award-Fellow at the Martin-Buber-Chair and Fellow at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften, Bad Homburg
2013  Fellow at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften, Bad Homburg
2011 Senior Visiting Fellow at the Collegium Budapest
2010/11 Member of the School of Historical Studies, IAS, Princeton

For further information on Menachem Fisch and his work, see:

Menachem Fisch - The Rationality of Religious Dispute (Library of Contemporary Jewish Philosophers, vol. 18), eds. Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and Aaron W. Hughes, Brill (2016)

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