Professor emeritus of History and Philosophy of Science, Tel Aviv University
Resident at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:2018–2021 (Senior Fellow)
Research topic at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:Forum for the Study of Interreligious Dynamics at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften (with Christian Wiese)
Scholarly profile of Menachem Fisch Menachem Fisch is Joseph and Ceil Mazer Professor Emeritus of History and Philosophy of Science nd Director of the Center for Religious and Interreligious Studies at Tel Aviv University.
Menachem Fisch has published widely on the history of 19th century British science and mathematics, on confirmation theory and rationality, on the theology of Talmudic literature, and the philosophy of Talmudic legal reasoning. His current work explores the limits of normative self-criticism, the Talmud's dispute of religiosity, the possibilities of articulating a pluralist political philosophy from within the assumptions of halakhic Judaism, and the historiography of scientific framework transitions. 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 Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften, Bad Homburg. In 2016 he was awarded the Humboldt Research Prize, and, in 2017, an Honorary Doctorate at Goethe University.
A volume dedicated to his work, entitled Menachem Fisch. The Rationality of Religious Dispute was published in 2016 at the Brill Library of Contemporary Jewish Philosophers.
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- Creatively Undecided: Toward a History and Philosophy of Scientific Agency, University of Chicago Press) 2017.
- »Judaism and the Religious Value of Diversity and Dialogue: Drafting a Jewish Response to Nostra Aetate«, in S. Alkier, M. Schneider, C. Wiese (eds.), Diversität - Differenz - Dialogoizität: Religion in Pluralen Kontexten, Berlin: de Gruyter, 2015.
- »Science, Religion, and Rationality – A Neo-Hegelian Approach«, in: The Toronto Journal of Theology (2013).
- »How and Why I Write History of Science«, in: Science in Context (2013).
- (with Y. Benbaj), The View from Within. Normativity and the Limits of Self-Criticism, University of Notre Dame Press, 2011.
- Rational Rabbis. Science and Talmudic Culture, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1997.
- ›To Know Wisdom‹. Science, Rationality and Thora-study (Hebrew), Tel Aviv: Hakkibutz Hameuchad, 1994.
- William Whewell. Philosopher of Science , Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991.