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. His biography of Martin Buber is soon to be published by Yale University Press.  He has recently published several edited volumes: 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) as well as (with San Berinn Sohnkoff, Special Centenary Buber issue, Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 2017; (with Michael A. Fishbane) Martin Buber: Symposium. Journal of Religion (in press); (also with Michael A. Fishbane), Martin Buber Werkausgabe, vol. 20: Schriften zum Judentum  (Güterslohr, 2018) and (with Rachel Freudenthal) Wissenschaft des Judentum. History and New Horizons (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter Verlag, 2017.

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Current and Upcoming Courses
  • Leo Strauss and Judaism (HIJD 48200)
  • Modern Jewish Intellectual History (HIJD 47200)
  • Messianism, Redemption and Utopia in Modern Jewish Thought (HIJD 44290)
  • Religion in the European Enlightenment: Spinoza to Kant (RLVC/HIJD 4500)