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Sacks, Elias R. Associate Professor

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Research

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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.

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

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Teaching

courses taught

  • JWST 4190 Love and Desire (Spring 2019)
  • RLST 2400 Religion, Ethics and Politics (Spring 2019)
  • RLST 4190 Love and Desire (Spring 2019)
  • RLST 4840 Senior Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • RLST 5190 Love and Desire (Spring 2019)
  • RLST 5840 Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • RLST 6840 Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • RLST 6940 Master's Degree Candidate (Spring 2019)
  • RLST 6945 Portfolio: Non-Thesis Option (Spring 2019)
  • RLST 6950 Portfolio: Thesis Option (Spring 2019)
  • JWST 3100 Judaism (Fall 2018)
  • RLST 4840 Senior Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • RLST 5840 Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • RLST 6840 Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • RLST 6940 Master's Degree Candidate (Spring 2018)
  • RLST 6945 Portfolio: Non-Thesis Option (Spring 2018)
  • RLST 6950 Portfolio: Thesis Option (Spring 2018)

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