Tamar Rudavsky


Tamar Rudavsky

Director, Melton Center for Jewish Studies; Professor, Department of Philosophy



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Areas of Expertise

  • Medieval Jewish and Scholastic Philosophy
  • Jewish and Islamic philosophy
  • Phenomenology and Existentialism


  • PhD, Brandeis University (Jewish Philosophy)
  • M.A. Brandies University
  • B.A. Simmons College (English and Philosophy)

Selected Publications



Maimonides (Great Minds Series in philosophy) (Blackwell-Wiley Press: 2010).

The Cambridge History of Medieval Philosophy: From Antiquity to the Seventeenth Century, co-edited with S. Nadler (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009).

Time Matters: Time, Creation and Cosmology in Medieval Jewish Philosophy, Albany, New York: SUNY Press, February, 2000.

Gender and Judaism: Tradition and Transformation,(ed), New York: NYU Press, 1995.

Divine Omniscience and Omnipotence in Medieval Philosophy, (ed.), Dordrecht: D.Reidel, Synthese Historical Library, 1985.

Jewish Philosophy in the Middle Ages: Science, Philosophy and Religion; Oxford University Press, 2018.




“The Science of Scripture: Abraham Ibn Ezra and Spinoza on Biblical Hermeneutics,"  in Spinoza and Medieval Jewish Philosophy, ed. Steven Nadler (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

"Cosmogony and Prophetology in Maimonides' Guide of the Perplexed: A Reappraisal,"  in Debates in Medieval Philosophy: Essential Readings and Contemporary Responses, ed. Jeffrey Hause (Routledge 2014) pp. 164-176.

“ A Brief History of Skeptical Responses” in A Companion to the Problem of Evil, ed.  Justin McBrayer and Daniel Howard-Snyder, (Wiley-Blackwell Press 2013).

“Natural Law Morality in Jewish Philosophy,” in Reason, Religion and Natural Law: from Plato to Spinoza, edited Jon Jacobs (Oxford Univ Press, 2012).

“Sailing Motifs in Medieval Philosophy,” in  Philosophy and Sailing, (Blackwell Pub., 2012).

“Time, Space and Cosmology in Medieval Jewish Philosophy,” in ​Nadler and Rudavsky eds, Cambridge History of Jewish Philosophy: From Antiquity to the Seventeenth Century,(Cambridge Univ Press, 2009), 388-433.

“Feminism and Modern Jewish Philosophy,” in M. Morgan and P. Gordon, ed, A Cambridge History of Modern Jewish Philosophy (Cambridge Univ Press, 2007).

"Christian Scholasticism and Jewish Philosophy in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries," The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Jewish Thought, ed. D.H. Frank and O. Leaman, (Sept. 2003).

"The Hermeneutics of Interpretation: The Case of Spinoza and Galileo, " Journal of the History of Ideas, October, 2001.