Paul Mendes-Flohr

Dorothy Grant Maclear Professor of Modern Jewish History and Thought; Associate Faculty in the Department of History




PhD (Brandeis University)

Paul Mendes-Flohr’s major research interests include modern Jewish intellectual history, modern Jewish philosophy and religious thought, philosophy of religion, German intellectual history, and the history and sociology of intellectuals. Together with Bernd Witte, he serves as editor-in-chief of the twenty-two volume German edition of the collected works of Martin Buber, sponsored by the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and the Heinrich Heine Universitat, Dusseldorf, Germany. He has recently published Progress and its Discontents (in Hebrew); The Jew in the Modern: A Documentary History (with Jehuda Reinharz)and Encrucijadas en la Modernidad (Buenos Aries). He is the editor of a series on German-Jewish literature and Cultural History for the University of Chicago Press, as well as the collected works of Martin Buber in German, which has published two volumes in the past year. He is currently completing a biography of Martin Buber to be published by Yale University Press. He recently edited three books, Gustav Landauer. Anarchist and Jew (Munich: Walter de Gruyter Verlag, 2014); Dialogue as a Trans-Disciplinary Concept (Berlin; Walter de Gruyter Verlag, 2015); and, in Hebrew (with Avihu Zakai), Fields in the Wind: A Tribute to Avraham Shapira in Friendship and Appreciation (Jerusalem: Carmel Publishers, 2015).

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Current and Upcoming Courses


BIBL 50206 Brauer Seminar: Jewish and Christian Responses to Biblical Criticism

History of Judaism

HIJD 36802 Jewish Writings of Hannah Arendt

HIJD 40506 Martin Buber’s Conception of Religion and Judaism

HIJD 43804 Liturgical and Secular Time

HIJD 45101 History and Memory in Jewish Thought

HIJD 46010 Martin Buber’s Philosophy of Religion

HIJD 47200 Modern Jewish Intellectual History

HIJD 47602 Jewish Responses to Continental Philosophers: Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, and Heidegger

HIJD 50206 Brauer Seminar: Jewish and Christian Responses to Biblical Criticism