Fisch, Menachem

Menachem Fisch


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Menachem Fisch is professor of history and philosophy of science at Tel Aviv University, and a Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies, Jerusalem. He has held visiting research positions at Queen’s College, Oxford; Trinity College, Cambridge (UK), the Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin, the Dibner Institute for Advanced Study in the History of Science and Technology, MIT, and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. He has published widely on the history of 19th century British science and mathematics, on confirmation theory and rationality, on talmudic theology and on the philosophy of talmudic halakhic (legal) reasoning. In his most recent work he explores the possibilities of articulating a pluralist political philosophy from within the assumptions of halakhic Judaism, and of a viable theory of rational appraisal in the face of latter-day radical relativism. He is author of William Whewell Philosopher of Science, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1991, Rational Rabbis: Science and Talmudic Culture, Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 1997 and “Ethical Diversity, Tolerance, and the Problem of Sovereignty: A Jewish Perspective”, forthcoming in R. Madsen and T. Strong (eds.) Ethical Pluralism in Contemporary Perspectives, Princeton University Press. Menachem Fisch is President of the Israel Society for History and Philosophy of Science, and Chairman of the Israel Academy of Scienceâs National Committee for History and Philosophy of Science.