The Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies would like to invite researchers to apply for its junior and senior fellowship programme for the academic year 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2021.
2 Doctoral Fellowships
2 Postdoctoral Fellowships
2–3 Senior Fellowships
Application Deadline: 15 January 2020
The Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies (MCAS) at Universität Hamburg would like to invite researchers to apply for its junior and senior fellowship programme for the academic year 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2021.
The Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies at Universität Hamburg
The Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies is a Humanities Research Institute at Universität Hamburg led by Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Veltri. It is funded by the German Research Foundation. MCAS’s central aim is to explore and research scepticism in Judaism in its dual manifestation both as a purely philosophical tradition and as a more general expression of sceptical strategies, concepts, and attitudes in the cultural field.
Topic: Sources of Knowledge (2020–21)
In the academic year 2020–21, research at MCAS will focus on the nature and scope of scepticism in Jewish contexts by problematising the reliability of the different alleged sources of knowledge. In traditional epistemology, the sceptical attack is usually directed towards reason or sense perception as avenues of knowledge. In the religious sphere, it can be directed at the reliability of revelation, prophecy, divination, or the authority of tradition, especially when they contradict human reason or everyday experience. The sceptical position is also relevant in cases of competing sources of knowledge (the paradigmatic case being reason versus revelation) or conflicting authorities, where sceptical arguments are used locally for the purpose of choosing one source over another.
The successful candidate’s project should resonate productively with the annual topic as described. Priority will be given to projects dealing with (early) modern times.