Menachem Fisch: A Philosophical History of Normativity, Neuroscience and the Mind-Body Problem


Menachem Fisch is Joseph and Ceil Mazer Professor Emeritus of History and Philosophy of Science, and Director of the Center for Religious and Interreligious Studies at Tel Aviv University, and Senior Fellow of the Goethe University Frankfurt's Forschungskolleg Humanwisseschaften, Bad Homburg. He has published widely on the history of 19th century British science and mathematics, on confirmation theory and rationality, on the theology of the talmudic literature, and the philosophy of talmudic legal reasoning. His recent work explores the limits of normative self-criticism, the Talmud's dispute of religiosity, the possibilities of articulating a pluralist political philosophy from within the assumptions of halakhic Judaism, the history and philosophy of scientific framework transitions, and the theo-political roots of Israel's reaction against political Zionism.

- Menachem's Website:
- Menachem's Books:
- Menachem's Publications:

- Website:
- Instagram:
- Facebook:
- Twitter:
- LinkedIn:

(0:00) - Introduction
(0:20) - Does science need philosophy? (& vice versa)
(6:51) - Philosophical challenges of mind/brain research
(14:03) - Neuroscience vs normativity
(23:57) - Is it possible to predict feelings or qualia?
(28:44) - Our perception of human complexity
(35:32) - Karl Popper (science vs pseudoscience)
(42:40) - Human consciousness and the self
(47:30) - Psychiatric nosology
(56:40) - Transcending normativity
(1:02:07) - Teleology & religion
(1:12:49) - Menachem's author recommendations
(1:17:20) - Conclusion