Menachem Fisch

Menachem Fisch

Menachem Fisch holds the Joseph and Ceil Mazer Chair for History and Philosophy of Science, and is Director of the Center for Religious and Interreligious Studies at Tel Aviv University. He is also Senior Fellow of the Kogod Center for the Renewal of Jewish Thought at the Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem. He is former Chair of the Graduate School of Philosophy at Tel Aviv University, former President of the Israel Society for History and Philosophy of Science, and former Chair of the National Committee for History and Philosophy of Science at the Israel Academy of Science. He has held visiting research positions at Queen’s College, Oxford; Trinity College, Cambridge; The Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin; the Dibner Institute for Advanced Study in the History of Science and Technology, MIT; the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; Collegium Budapest; and the Frankfurt University, Institute for Advanced Studes in the Humanities. In 2016 he was awarded the Humboldt Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, and in February 2017 Doctor Honoris Causa by the Goethe University, Frankfurt.

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

A volume dedicated to his work, entitled Menachem Fisch: The Rationality of Religious Dispute, was published by Brill as vol. 18 of the Library of Contemporary Jewish Philosophers in 2016.