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Research Interests

I am a philosopher and theologian of German origin with a great appreciation of historical perspectives on science. This explains the pronounced interdisciplinary nature of my work. In 2004 I earned a Ph.D. in logic and philosophy of science at the University of Mainz, Germany. While holding a post-doctoral appointment at the University of Toronto, I took up a tenure-track position designated for “Christianity and Science” at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. My scholarship merited conferral of tenure in 2012. The year before that I had obtained a second Ph.D. in systematic theology at the University of Tübingen, Germany. My research received generous support from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Coburn Trust Faculty Exchange Fund (to support exchange with Professor Menachem Fisch, Tel Aviv), the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the German Academic Exchange Service, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Spooner Traveling Grant, and the University of Notre Dame’s Centre for Philosophy of Religion (in partnership with Professor Colleen Shantz). In 2013 I was made Fellow of Victoria College, in 2015 I was elected Fellow of the International Society for Science and Religion. From 2018 to 2020 I have been serving enthusiastically the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies as Associate Director. Before that I satisfied the administrative duty of serving the IHPST as Director of Graduate Studies, Colloquium Coordinator and organizer of all celebratory events on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the IHPST. In 2019 I began a new research project on a pluralist theory of human sexuality at the intersection of science and religion. As of 2020, the German Research Council funds generously a related international collaboration with Dr. Gerhard Schreiber of the TU Darmstadt, Germany. The “Excellence in Research Initiative of the Federal State of Hessen” supports an additional academic partnership with Professor Heiko Schulz of the University of Frankfurt, which will allow me to spend time at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften in Bad Homburg during my upcoming sabbatical in 2020-21.

Selected Publications

“Theology, Science, and Sexual Diversity: Judith Butler and Rabbinical Judaism.” In: Judith Butler and Theology, ed. by Bernhard Grümme and Gunda Werner, Berlin; New York: Transcript Verlag, 2020. (forthcoming)

“A Scientific Jacob’s Ladder: The Natural Philosophy of Tom McLeish.” Metascience  (forthcoming)

“The Annus Mirabilis of 1986: Thought Experiments & Scientific Pluralism.” HOPOS:  The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science (accepted).

“Atheism vs. Atheism in the Encounter between Science and Religion: A Post-Metaphysical Exploration.” Philosophy, Theology, and the Sciences 6 (2019): 183-210.

Thought Experiments and Religion.” In: Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion [2017ff]

“Super Miracles & the Supreme Rationality of the Christian Faith.” Toronto Journal of Theology (2017): 39-61.

“The Role of the Imagination in Transsexual Crossing.” In: Transsexuality in Theology and Neuroscience, ed. by Gerhard Schreiber, pp. 577-595. Berlin; New York: de Gruyter, 2016.

“Intellectual Tennis without a Net? Thought Experiments and Theology.” Theology and Science 12 (2014): 377-394.

“The Relativized A Priori and the Laboratory of the Mind: Towards a Neo-Kantian Account of Thought Experiments in Science.” Epistemologia: Italian Journal for Philosophy of Science 36 (2013): 55-73.

“Towards a Theology of Sexual Diversity: A Tightrope Walk between Christianity and Science.” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 48 (2013): 35-59.

(with James R. Brown) “Thought Experiments.” In: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy [2010ff.]


Roula Faraj (Supervisor, IHPST). “Scientific Pluralism, Einstein, and Thought Experiments,” in progress.

Aaron Lepp (Supervisor, IHPST). “Putnam and van Frassen on Science and Religion,” in progress.

Sara Qidwai (Advisor, IHPST). “Islam, Science, India: Sayyid Ahmad Khan (1817-1898),” in progress.

Geordie McComb (Advisor, Department of Philosophy). “Thought Experiments, Literature, and Wittgenstein,” in progress.

Dr. Adam Richter (Supervisor). “The Theology of John Wallis,” Conferred November 24, 2017.

Dr. Paul Greenham (Supervisor). Title of Dissertation: “A Concord of Alchemy with Theology: Isaac Newton’s Hermeneutics of the Symbolic Texts of Chymistry and Biblical Prophecy,” Conferred July 22, 2015.

Dr. Mike Stuart (Supervisor). Title of Dissertation: “Thought Experiments in Science,” Conferred March 23, 2015.


Contact Information

  • Personal Title: Associate Professor
  • Location: VC 320
  • Telephone number: +1 (416) 946-5024
  • E-mail address: yiftach.fehige@utoronto.ca