Prof. Rivka Feldhay

Buber Fellow: 
Senior Fellow Description: 

Rivka Feldhay is Professor Emerita of History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas at the Cohn Institute and head of the Minerva Humanities Center, both at Tel Aviv University. Her research and teaching areas include knowledge, religion and politics in the early modern period; intellectual currents in the Renaissance; Copernicus and Galileo in context; science education in Catholic Europe; Baroque culture and the New Science. She has been a fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center (1987-8), the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin (1998-9), the International Research Center for Cultural Studies in Vienna (1994), the Dibner Institute at MIT (1995), the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin (1997; 2005-6), and the Collegium Helveticum of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) (2001). Between the years 1997-2003 she served as head of the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas. Between 1994-1998 she led the research project “Europe and the Middle East: Key Political Concepts in Cultural Dialogue,” also at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, in collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin. Between 2004-2006 she directed the research group “Russians in Israel” at at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, which grew into a volume of articles (see below). Since 2005 is jointly directing, together with Professor Jürgen Renn from the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, the research group "Jesuit Mechanics: Science Education in a Catholic Context." Together with Professor Jamil Rajep she launched the research group “Before Copernicus,” also at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. Since 2009 she is leading the research project “Migrating Knowledge” at the Minerva Humanities Center, Tel Aviv University, where she serves as co-director along with Professor Adi Ophir and Dr. Raef Zreik.

Select Publications
A. Books and Monographs
Galileo and the Church: Political Inquisition or Critical Dialogue? Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995. [Reprint 1999; E-book 2010].
With Y. Elkana (eds. and introduction). Around Merton: Catholic and Protestant Science in the 17th Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (Science in Context series), 1989.
With E. Etkes (eds. and introduction). Education and History: Cultural and Political Contexts. Jerusalem: The Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History, 1998 (in Hebrew).
With J. Lerner (eds. with introduction and conclusion). Russians in Israel. Jerusalem and Tel Aviv: The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute / Hakkibutz Hameuchad, 2012 (in Hebrew).
With J. Renn, M. Schemmel, M. Valleriani (eds.). Emergence and Expansion of Pre-Classical Mechanics. Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science no. 271 (forthcoming).
With J. Ragep, “Before Copernicus: The Cultures and Contexts of Scientific Learning in the Fifteenth Century,” special issue of Science in Context.

B. Articles
“The use and abuse of mathematical entities: Galileo and the Jesuits revisited.” In A Companion to Galileo, ed. by P. Machamer, 80–146. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.
“Religion” In The Cambridge History of Science, Vol. 3. Ed. by K. Park and L. Daston, 727–755. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
“On Wonderful Machines: The Transmission of Mechanical Knowledge by Jesuits.” Science and Education 15:2-4 (March 2006): 151–172.
“Authority, Political Theology, and the Politics of Knowledge in the Transition from Medieval to Early Modern Catholicism.” Social Research 73:4 (Winter 2006): 1065–1092.
“Strangers to Ourselves: Identity Construction and Historical Research.” In Psychoanalyse und Geschichte (Tel Aviver Jahrbuch fuer deutsche Geschichte), ed. by M. Zuckermann, 85–92. Goettingen: Wallstein, 2004.
“The Betrayal of Intellectuals.” In Knowledge and Silence: On Mechanisms of Denial and Repression in Israeli Society, ed. by H. Herzog & K. Lahad, 162–167. Jerusalem and Tel Aviv: The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute / Hakkiutz Hameuchad, 2006 (Hebrew).
“Science in Small and Big Countries.” Nach Feierabend: Zuercher Jahrbuch fuer Wissensgeschichte 6, ed. by M. Hagner et. al., 181–191. Universitaet, 2010.

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