Menachem Fisch is Joseph and Ceil Mazer Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at Tel Aviv University, Senior Fellow of the Kogod Center for the Renewal of Jewish Thought at the Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem. He is Director of the Center for Religious and Interreligious Studies Project at Tel Aviv University.
He is former Chair of the Graduate School of Philosphy at Tel Aviv University, former President of the Israel Society for History and Philosophy of Science, 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 University of Frankfurt.
He has published widely on the history of 19th century British science and mathematics, on confirmation theory and rationality, on the theology of the 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 is author of: William Whewell Philosopher of Science (Oxford, 1991). Rational Rabbis: Science and Talmudic Culture(Indiana, 1997). “A Modest Proposal: Toward a Religious Politics of Epistemic Humility”, Journal of Human Rights (2003). “Canon, controverse et réforme; une réflexion sur l’autre voix du judaisme talmudique”, Les Cahiers du judaisme (2005). “Diversity, Tolerance, Sovereignty”, in M. Walzer (ed.), Law, Politics, and Morality in Judaism (Princeton, 2006). “Taking the Linguistic Turn Seriously”, The European Legacy (2008). “Judaism, and the Religious Crisis of Modern Science”, in J.M. van der Meer and S. Mandelbrote (eds.), Nature & Scripture in the Abrahamic Religions: 1700-Present, (Brill, 2008). “Toward a History and Philosophy of Scientific Agency”, The Monist, (Special Issue on “Philosophical History of Science”, 2010). The View from Within: Normativity and the Limits of Self-Criticism (with Y. Benbaji, Notre Dame, 2011). “Babbage’s Two Lives”, The British for the History of Science (2013). “Science, Religion, and Rationality – A Neo-Hegelian Approach”, The Toronto Journal of Theology(2013). “How and Why I Write History of Science”, Science in Context, (2013). “Judaism and the Religious Value of Diversity and Dialogue: Drafting a Jewish Response to Nostra Aetate”, in S. Alkier, M. Schneider, Ch. Wiese (eds.), Diversität – Differenz – Dialogoizität: Religion in Pluralen Kontexten (de Gruyter, 2014).
A volume dedicated to his work, entitled Menachem Fisch: The Rationality of Religious Dispute, is forthcoming as Vol. 17 of the Library of Contemporary Jewish Philosophers, (eds. H. Samuelson-Tiroshi and A. W. Hughes), (Brill, 2015).
Menachem Fisch is Chair of the Cohn Institute’s Board and Academic Committee, and is Co-Editor of HOPOS, The Journal of the International Society for the History of the Philosophy of Science.