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Dr Daniel H. Weiss

Dr Daniel H. Weiss

Polonsky-Coexist Lecturer in Jewish Studies

Daniel Weiss is accepting applications for PhD students.


Office Phone: 01223 763412

Subject area and speciality

Philosophy of Religion specialists:
  • Modern Jewish religious thought and philosophy (esp. Moses Mendelssohn, Hermann Cohen, Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber, Emmanuel Levinas)
  • Theories and practices of interreligious dialogue and communication
  • The (contested) relationship between scripture and philosophy, both in the Jewish intellectual tradition and more generally
  • Aspects of ethics, hermeneutics and theopolitics in classical rabbinic literature
Religious Studies specialists:
  • Modern Jewish religious thought and philosophy (esp. Moses Mendelssohn, Hermann Cohen, Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber, Emmanuel Levinas)
  • Theories and practices of interreligious dialogue and communication
  • The (contested) relationship between scripture and philosophy, both in the Jewish intellectual tradition and more generally
  • Aspects of ethics, hermeneutics and theopolitics in classical rabbinic literature
Jewish studies specialists:
  • Modern Jewish thought and philosophy
  • Literary, ethical, and philosophical approaches to biblical and rabbinic literature
  • Judaism and interfaith relations

 

Research Interests

  • Modern Jewish religious thought and philosophy (esp. Moses Mendelssohn, Hermann Cohen, Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber, Emmanuel Levinas)
  • Theories and practices of interreligious dialogue and communication
  • The (contested) relationship between scripture and philosophy, both in the Jewish intellectual tradition and more generally
  • Aspects of ethics, hermeneutics and theopolitics in classical rabbinic literature

Research Supervision

Topics of current and recent postgraduate supervision:

  • Reconceiving notions of Orthodoxy and Modernity in Modern Jewish Thought
  • Engaging critiques of Levinas's conception of the Other
  • Joseph Soloveitchik and inter-faith dialogue
  • Elijah del Medigo and Averroistic epistemology
  • Levinas, the Cartesian infinite, and first philosophy
  • The status of 'philosophy' in the thought of Shneur Zalman of Liadi

Teaching

  • World Religions in Comparative Perspective (A7)
  • Introduction to Judaism (B14)
  • Judaism II (C8)
  • MPhil and Doctoral supervision
  • Judaism and Philosophy (D2c)

Other Professional Activities

  • Actively involved in the Cambridge Inter-faith Programme and in Scriptural Reasoning

Key Publications

  • ‘A Nation without Borders?: Modern European Emancipation as Negation of Galut.’ Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 34.4 (Summer 2016), 71-97. (link)
  • 'Hermann Cohen.' In Oxford Bibliographies in Jewish Studies, ed. Naomi Seidman (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016). (Co-authored with Paul Nahme) (link)
  • 'Walter Benjamin and the Antinomianism of Classical Rabbinic Law.' Bamidbar: Journal for Jewish Thought and Philosophy 4.1 (2015), 56-78 (link)
  • 'Theology and Development: Christian and Jewish Approaches.' In The Routledge Handbook of Religions and Global Development, ed. Emma Tomalin (Routledge, 2015), 53-67.  (Co-authored with Stephen Plant.) (link)
  • 'John Howard Yoder, Classical Rabbinic Judaism, and the Renunciation of the Sword: A Reappraisal.' Journal of Scriptural Reasoning, 13.2 (November 2014). (link)
  • 'Embodied Cognition in Classical Rabbinic Literature.' Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, 48.3 (September 2013), 788-807. (link)
  • 'The Fruits of Contradiction: Evolution, Cooperation and Ethics in an Inter-Religious Context.' Studies in Christian Ethics, 26.2 (May 2013), 186-195. (link)
  • 'Direct Divine Sanction, the Prohibition of Bloodshed, and the Individual as Image of God in Classical Rabbinic Literature.' Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, 32.2 (Fall/Winter 2012): 23–38. (link)
  • Paradox and the Prophets: Hermann Cohen and the Indirect Communication of Religion (Oxford University Press, 2012). (link)
  • 'Reasoning from out of Particularity: Possibilities for Conversation in Theological Ethics.'Studies in Christian Ethics 25.2 (May 2012), 236-243. (link)
  • 'Just Peacemaking and Ethical Formation in Classical Rabbinic Literature.' The Conrad Grebel Review 30.1 (Winter 2012), 76-95. (link)
  • 'A Dialogue between Philosophy and Scripture: Rereading Hermann Cohen through Bakhtin.' The Journal of Religion 90.1 (January 2010). 15-32. (link)
  • 'The (odd) deixis of 'you' in rabbinic prayer.' Journal of Textual Reasoning 5.1 (December 2007). (link)

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