Gad
Freudenthal

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Primo Levi Fellowship
Ellie and Herbert D. Katz Distinguished Fellowship

Research Topic

Science and Philosophy in Medieval Jewish Cultures

Scientific Literature in Hebrew and Judeo-German in German Lands before Mendelssohn 

Bio

Gad Freudenthal is Senior Research Fellow Emeritus with the CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) in Paris, France. He has written on the reception of science and philosophy in Jewish cultures, mainly in the Middle Ages and in the eighteenth century, and has focused his research on Greek philosophies of matter. He is the editor of the journal Aleph: Historical Studies in Science and Judaism.

Freudenthal received his PhD from Université de Paris 1 (Sorbonne). Prior that, he studied mathematics, physics, and the history and philosophy of science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

Selected publications

  • Science in the Medieval Hebrew and Arabic Traditions (Routledge, 2005)
  • Aristotle's Theory of Material Substance: Heat and Pneuma, Form and Soul (Clarendon Press, 1995)

Fellowship

2006–2007

Encouraging a broad view of Islamic societies and fostering new approaches to their religious, ethnic, and linguistic diversity.

2017–2018

Posing new questions about the theories, institutions, and paradigms shaping the study of nature, and about the cultural and religious consequences that emerge from such study.