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Sacks, Elias R. Associate Professor


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  • Sacks’s research focuses on Jewish thought and philosophy of religion, along with related fields such as religious ethics, Jewish-Christian relations, theories of religion, religion and politics, and hermeneutics. His first book, “Moses Mendelssohn’s Living Script: Philosophy, Practice, History, Judaism,” explores the account of Jewish practice in the Hebrew and German writings of Moses Mendelssohn, the Enlightenment philosopher generally seen as the founder of modern Jewish thought. Sacks is currently working on a project on Nachman Krochmal, modernity’s leading Eastern European Jewish thinker. Sacks’s recent and forthcoming articles explore Mendelssohn along with medieval and modern thinkers such as Maimonides, Spinoza, Krochmal, Hermann Cohen, Franz Rosenzweig, and Jacob Taubes. Sacks also serves as a translator for a new English edition of Mendelssohn’s writings, along with a new collection of Cohen’s works and an anthology of responses to Spinoza.


  • Jewish thought, philosophy of religion, hermeneutics, Jewish-Christian relations, theories of religion, religious ethics, religion and politics


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