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David Shatz


Ronald P. Stanton University Professor of Philosophy, Ethics, and Religious Thought; Chair, SCW Department of Philosophy

Professor David Shatz is the Ronald P. Stanton University Professor of Philosophy, Ethics, and Religious Thought, editor of The Torah u-Madda Journal, and editor of the MeOtzar HoRav series, devoted to publishing manuscripts of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. After graduating as valedictorian of Yeshiva College, Professor Shatz was ordained at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and earned his PhD with distinction in general philosophy from Columbia University. He has edited, co-edited, or authored 16 books and approximately 100 articles and reviews on general and Jewish philosophy. His work in general philosophy focuses on the theory of knowledge, free will, ethics, and the philosophy of religion, while his work in Jewish philosophy focuses on Jewish ethics, Maimonides, Judaism and science, and twentieth century rabbinic figures. A collection of his essays, JEWISH THOUGHT IN DIALOGUE, was published in 2009. Professor Shatz has been chosen numerous times as outstanding professor by the senior class at Stern, and was a winner in the John Templeton Foundation Course Competition in Science and Religion. He is a member of the Orthodox Forum steering committee and of the editorial board of Tradition. In recognition of his achievements as a scholar and teacher, he was awarded the Presidential Medallion at Yeshiva University. He was part of an international team of psychologists, philosophers, and religious thinkers in the project "Virtue, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life" at the University of Chicago, supported by a grant from The John Templeton Foundation." In addition, A book concerning his life and thought appears in The Library of Contemporary Jewish Philosophers, a series that the publisher, Brill, states “showcases outstanding Jewish thinkers who have made lasting contributions to constructive Jewish philosophy in the second half of the twentieth century.”

philosophy of religion, free will, theory of knowledge, ethics, philosophy of law, religion and science, Jewish philosophy: especially medieval and modern rabbinic figures


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Fall 2018
Ancient Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 2170


Honors Prog Senior Project I
JUDS 4910H


Jewish Ethics
JPHI 1204


Science and Religion
PHIL 2740


Topics: Political Theory
POLI 2492


Fall 2017
PHIL 1600


Jewish Ethics
JPHI 1204


Religion And Philosophy
PHIL 1710


Spring 2017
Honors Prog Senior Project II
PHIL 4920H


Modern Philosophy
PHIL 2420


Philosophy of Maimonides
JPHI 1654


Science and Religion
PHIL 2740