Charles H. Manekin
AOS: Jewish Philosophy, Spinoza, Modern Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy
Office: 1122A Skinner Building

Charles H. Manekin (PhD, Columbia) is Professor of Philosophy and recently Director of the Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies. The focus of Manekin's research has been Aristotelian and humanist logic in Hebrew, the philosophy of Levi Gersonides, and the free will problem in Jewish philosophy. He has written books on Gersonides and Maimonides and has co-edited several collections of articles on Jewish philosophy, including the forthcoming Interpreting Maimonides, published by Cambridge University Press.  He has also edited and translated  collections of Jewish philosophy for Routledge and Cambridge. Manekin received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1985), the Yad Hanadiv Foundation (1991-1992), and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture (1999-2000). He was awarded a three-year Collaboration Grant from the NEH to prepare a translation and revision of the standard reference work on medieval Hebrew translations from the Arabic and the Latin. The first volume appeared in 2013, and the second volume is to appear in 2019.  Manekin taught at Hebrew University and Ben-Gurion University in Israel, and was a Visiting Senior Lecturer at Bar Ilan University. In 2018-2019, he is the principal investigator and co-director of a research group on Aristotelian logic and its impact on medieval Jewish cultures at the Israel Institute of Advanced Studies.

Recent and forthcoming publications


Interpreting Maimonides, Cambridge University Press, 2019 (with Daniel Davies). Moses Mendelssohn: Enlightenment, Religion, Politics, Nationalism. Bethesda, MD: University Press of Maryland, 2015 (with Michah Gottleib). Moritz Steinschneider's Hebrew Translations of the Middle Ages: Jewish Authors. Amsterdam Studies in Jewish Thought. Dordrecht: Springer, 2013 (with Y. Tzvi Langermann and Hans Hinrich Biesterfeldt.). Medieval Jewish Philosophy. Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. On Maimonides. Wadsworth Philosophers Series. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth: 2004. The Logic of Gersonides: A translation of "Sefer ha-Heqqesh ha-Yashar" (The Book of the Correct Syllogism) of Rabbi Levi ben Gershom, with Introduction, Commentary, and Analytical Glossary.  New Synthèse Historical Library Series, Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1992. Philosophers and the Bible. College Park: University Press of Maryland, 2008 (Co-editor with Robert Eisen). The Routledge Jewish Philosophy Reader. London: Routledge, 2000. (Co-editor with Daniel H. Frank and Oliver Leaman. Freedom and Moral Responsibility: General and Jewish Perspectives.  College Park: University Press of Maryland, 1997.  A Straight Path: Stu­dies in Medieval Philosophy and Culture: Essays in Honor of Arthur Hyman.  Washington: Catholic University Press, 1988. (Co-editor with R. Link-Salinger and R. James Long)

Articles in Journals: “‘The Principles of the Science of Logic’ by Malbim (Meir Leibush ben Yehiel Michel Wisser), and the Use of Logic in his Biblical Exegesis,” Daat: Journal of Jewish Thought 85 (2019) (Hebrew) .“The History of the French Mémoire of Steinschneider’s Die Hebraeischen Übersetzungen des Mittelalters” Pe’amim 129 (2012) 120-146.(Hebrew) “Maimonides Concept of Will in His Later Writings,” Maimonidean Studies 5 (2008): 189-222. “Maimonides’ on Divine Knowledge – Moses of Narbonne’s Averroist Reading,” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 76 (2002): 51-74.  “Scholastic Logic and the Jews,”  Bulletin de l’étude de la philosophie médievale 41 (1999): 123-147.  “Steinschneider’s Die Hebraeischen Übersetzungen des Mittelalters: From Reference Work to Digitalized Database ,”  Jewish Studies Quarterly 7 (2000): 141-159.  "On Moses Hayyim Luzzatto's Logic, and on Ramist Influence in His Writings," Daat: A Journal of Jewish Thought 40 (1998): 5-27.

Chapters in Books  “Broadening the Audience for Philosophy Among Medieval Jews,” in The Popularization of Philosophy in Medieval Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, ed. by Marieke Abram, Steven Harvey, Lukas Muehlethaler. Turnout: Brepols, forthcoming) “Maimonides on the Divine Authorship of the Law,” in Interpreting Maimonides, ed. Charles H. Manekin and Daniel Davies, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming. “Composition, Not Commentary” Gersonides’ Commentary on the Isagoge of Porphyry and Its Afterlife,” in Ofer Elior, David Wirmer and Gad Freudenthal, eds. Gersonides' Afterlife: Studies on the Reception of Levi ben Gerson's Thought in the Medieval and Early Modern Hebrew and Latin Cultures. Leiden: Brill, forthcoming. “Logic, Linguistic Custom, and the Quantification of the Predicate in Levi Gersonides,” in Gersonides, Rencontres de philosophie médiévale, eds. Nadja Germann and Steven Harvey, Brepols, 2016. “Warrants for Belief, and the Significance of Religious Experience,” in Jewish Philosophy Past and Present: Contemporary Responses to Classical Sources, Daniel Frank and Aaron Segal (eds.), Routledge Press. 2016, 101-109. “Spinoza and the Hard Determinist Tradition in Jewish Philosophy,” Spinoza and Medieval Jewish Philosophy, ed. Steven Nadler. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2014, 37-58. “Levi Gersonides on Hardening Pharoah’s Heart,” in Built by Wisdom, Eastablished by Understanding: Essays on Biblical and Near Eastern Literature in Honor of Adele Berlin (Studies and Texts in Jewish History and Culture), ed. Maxine Grossman. Lantham, MD: University Press of Maryland, 2013. Pp. 305-322. "The Ambiguous Impact of Christian Scholasticism on Jewish Philosophy in the Late Middle Ages” In Alessandro Musco, ed. Universalità della ragione: ... = Universalité de la raison ... = Universality of reason : ... : XII Congresso internazionale di filosofia medievale de la Société ..., Palermo, 17-22 settembre 2007. Palermo: Officina di studi medievali, 2012. 1: 215-230.  “Maimonides and the Arabic Aristotelian Tradition of Epistemology,” in Beyond Religious Borders: Interaction and Intellectual Exchange in the Medieval Islamic World, ed. David M. Freidenreich and Miriam Goldstein. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012. Pp. 78-91, 192-197. "Jewish Philosophy in Arabic" in The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Philosophy, ed. John Marenbon. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.  

Spring 2017
PHIL320 Modern Philosophy
Fall 2016
PHIL234 Fundamental Concepts of Judaism
Spring 2016
PHIL320 Modern Philosophy
Fall 2015
PHIL688G Selected Problems in Philosophy: The Golden Age of Jewish Philosophy
PHIL417 The Golden Age of Jewish Philosophy
Spring 2015
PHIL320 Modern Philosophy
Fall 2014
PHIL234 Fundamental Concepts of Judaism
Spring 2014
PHIL828C Seminar in the History of Philosophy: The Philosophy of Spinoza
Fall 2013
PHIL417 The Golden Age of Jewish Philosophy