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Paul Mendes-Flohr is Professor of Modern Jewish Thought in the Divinity School and an associate member of the Department of History. His research and teaching interests include modern Jewish intellectual history, modern Jewish philosophy and religious thought, especially German Jewish philosophy and theology, figures such as Buber and Rosenzweig, philosophy of religion, German intellectual history, and the history and sociology of intellectuals. He serves as co-editor-in-chief of the collected works of Martin Buber (in German), and recently authored Jüdische Identität Die zwei Seele der deutschen Juden and a volume in Hebrew, “Progress and its Discontents.” He is currently completing a biography of Martin Buber, and another on Franz Rosenzweig as well as a third work, Post-Traditional Jewish Identities (the Samuel and Althea Stroum Lectures). A volume of his essays on modern Jewish intellectual history is soon to be published in Spanish. The 3rd, expanded edition of the documentary history he authored with Jehuda Reinharz, The Jew in the Modern World, is to scheduled to appear in the fall of 2010.

Email: prmendes@uchicago.edu
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Past Courses

DVPR 48100. Strauss on Philosophy and Law. Taught with Joel Kraemer. Winter 2003.

GRMN 37308. Messianism and Modernity. Taught with Eric Santner. Winter 2008.

GRMN 37311. Moses, Paul and Modernity. Taught with Eric Santner. Winter 2011.

GRMN 37812. Jewish Political Theory. Taught with Eric Santner. Autumn 2012.

HCHR 47300-47400. Conceptions and Traditions in Judaism I & II. Taught with Michael Fishbane. Autumn 2001, Winter 2002.

HEBR 366-367. East/West European Concepts of Judaism I & II. Taught with Menachem Brinker. Autumn 2000, Winter 2001, Winter 2004, Winter 2005.

HIJD 302. History of Christian and Jewish Thought. Taught with Kathryn Tanner. Winter 2001.

HIJD 451. Zakhor: His Memory and Modern Jewish Thought. Winter 2000.

HIJD 449. Buber: I and Thou. Winter 2000.

HIJD 42201. The Study of Modern Jewish Thought: Theory and Method. Autumn 2013.

HIJD 42600. Spinoza and Mendelssohn. Winter 2014.

HIJD 43800. Brauer Seminar. Taught with William Schweiker. Winter 2004.

HIJD 44100. Kant and Judaism. Winter 2009.

HIJD 44500. Religion in European Enlightenment: Spinoza to Kant. Taught with Richard Rosengarten. Winter 2012.

HIJD 45100. Memory and History in Jewish Thought. Autumn 2010.

HIJD 45101.  History and Memory in Jewish Thought. Autumn 2005, Winter 2013.

HIJD 45900. Philosophy of Dialogue. Winter 2005, Autumn 2012.

HIJD 45901 “Religious as Presence”: Martin Buber. Autumn 2007.

HIJD 46100-46200 Franz Rosenzweig’s Star Of Redemption-Parts I & II. Autumn 2009, Winter 2010, Autumn 2013, Winter 2014.

HIJD 47200. Modern Jewish Intellectual History. Autumn 2008, Autumn 2011.

HIJD 47600. Gershom Scholem: The Theologian. Autumn 2009, Winter 2013.

HIJD 47705. Jewish Political Theology. Winter 2011.

HIJD 47800. Hermann Cohen’s “Religion of Reason.” Autumn 2007.

HIJD 48200. Leo Strauss and Judaism. Autumn 2008.

HIJD 48410. The Theological Writings of Franz Rosenzweig. Autumn 2011.

HIJD 48700. Divine Revelation in Modern Jewish Thought. Autumn 2010.

HIJD 48702. Monotheism and its Discontents. Taught with William Schweiker. Winter 2012.

HIJD 50601. Simmel and Weber on Modernity. Taught with Martin Riesebrodt. Winter 2007.

JWSC 22901/32901. Colloq: Arendt’s Texts on Jewishness, Palestine, Israel. Taught with Michael Geyer. Autumn 2010.

JWSG 327. Modern Jewish Religious Thought. Autumn 2000, Autumn 2005.

JWSG 32600. Spinoza & Mendelssohn. Autumn 2003, Winter 2006, Winter 2009.

JWSG 33600. Franz Rosenzweig. Winter 2004.

JWSG 39600. Exile in Jewish Thought and Literature. Taught with Manchem Brinker. Autumn 2002.

JWSG 49000. Cohen: Religion of Reason. Autumn 2002.

JWSG 49700. Colloquium in Jewish Studies. Winter 2006.

RLST 20900. Franz Rosenzweig’s Concept of Revelation. Taught with Eric Santner. Winter 2002.

THEO 53500. Levinas and Rosenzweig. Taught with David Tracy. Autumn 2006.