Dr. David Shatz

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Dr. Shatz is the Ronald P. Stanton University Professor of Philosophy, Ethics, and Religious Thought at Yeshiva University, editor of The Torah u-Madda Journal, and editor of the series MeOtzar HoRav: Selected Writings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, which has brought into print many of the previously unpublished manuscripts of The Rav, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik zt”l.

After graduating as valedictorian of his class at Yeshiva University, Prof. Shatz was ordained at  the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and then earned his Ph.D with distinction in general philosophy at Columbia University. He has edited, co-edited, or authored fifteen books and has published approximately eighty articles and reviews, dealing with both general and Jewish philosophy. His publications in general philosophy focus on the theory of knowledge, free will, ethics, and the philosophy of religion, while his writings in Jewish philosophy focus on Jewish ethics, Maimonides, Torah and science, Judaism’s view of other religions, and twentieth-century rabbinic figures.

Prof. Shatz has appeared many times on a PBS television series featuring distinguished scientists, theologians, and philosophers. He was named a winner in the John Templeton Foundation Course Competition in Science and Religion and has been chosen numerous times as outstanding professor by the senior class of Stern College for Women. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Tradition and the Steering Committee of the Orthodox Forum. In recognition of his achievements as a scholar and teacher, he was awarded the Presidential Medallion at Yeshiva University, the first member of the various university faculties to receive this highest honor. 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.”

Sample Titles

  • The Jew in the Modern World: Reflections of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik zt”l
  • Suffering in This World: The Approach of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik zt”l
  • Faith, Fate and Folly: Astrology, Science and the Supernatural in Jewish Thought and Law
  • Torah u-Madda: The What, Why and How
  • Halakhah and Secular Morality
  • Jewish Perspectives on Secular Law
  • The Search for the Real Rav Kook
  • Judaism and Science: Historical and Philosophical Reflections
  • Freedom of the Will :A Diverse Range of Jewish Perspectives
  • Morality in the Book of Genesis
  • Understandings of Mahaloket
  • Is Praying for Needs Egocentric? Perspectives on Petitionary Prayer
  • Ethics and Empathy: A Jewish look at a Current Debate
  • Jewish Perspectives on Other Religions

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