Post-Doctoral Fellows

Post-Doctoral Fellows for the year 2017-2018:

 

Dr. Lin Chalozin-Dovrat - Lin specializes in cognitive approaches to the study of scientific knowledge, and in the historical epistemology of linguistics & cognitive science. She earned her PhD from Paris-Sorbonne University (Paris IV) & Tel Aviv University (2015). Her PhD dissertation studied the relations between time and space in cognitive theories in linguistics. Lin’s current research examines the supremacy of space and spatial competence in the cognitive sciences, and hopes to elucidate the role played by concept of space in the redistribution of scientific disciplines since the 18th century. Lin also coordinates the research group “The Public Role of the Academia”, a joint project of the Minerva Humanities Center and the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Tel Aviv University. The group aims to produce original research on the distinctive situation of the university in Israel today, and the interface between the production of knowledge and the social, political and economic conditions in which knowledge takes shape. Lin’s research interests include historical epistemology, the history of linguistics and the cognitive sciences, and the philosophy of language broadly conceived, including the various philosophical & scientific investigations about the nature of language and language use. To visit Lin's website please view this page.

 

 

Dr. Shlomo Dov Rosen  - Analytical Philosophy, History of Ideas, and Theology.

This year he is investigating the interface between angelology and early modern science (particularly concerning issues of mechanism, animism, and freewill), and considering its relevance for artificial intelligence. 
Shlomo Dov's dissertation was in Ethics (supervised by Prof. David Heyd), and exposed metaphysical and theological foundations of contemporary social justice theory. Since, he has worked on: the ethical value of procreation, gratitude, Milton's theological politics, pluralism in a revealed religion, personal identity and reincarnation, interactions between theories of providence and distributive justice, and what theories about angels are about. 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Tal Arbel is a cultural historian of modern science and technology. In 2016, she completed a Ph.D. in History of Science at Harvard University. Previously, she studied at Tel Aviv University, earning an MA in History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas. Her work focuses on the history of social and psychological measurement, the sociology of expertise, and the techno-scientific rationalization of everyday life. Her book manuscript, The American Soldier in Jerusalem: How Social Science Travels, asks how measuring the attitudes and preferences of ordinary people by means of sample surveys became a pervasive, nearly universal, way of knowing in both social science and public life in the second half of the 20th century. More specifically, set against the backdrop of postwar modernization politics, the book examines the importation of public opinion and market research into late 1940s Palestine and the deployment of these methods on a wide scale in Zionist nation building and social engineering during the first decades of Israeli statehood. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Cohn Institute (2017-2018), she is working on two new projects, both of which concern knowledge migration in the social sciences. The first analyzes Hebrew translations of WWII-era self-help guides for American soldiers as a way of tracing the global circulation of behavioral concepts and models and highlighting processes of vernacularization and hybridization. The second project — part of a larger project on the history of epistemic virtues in the social sciences — explores the controversy over value-neutrality that took place at the Hebrew University in the 1930s and 1940s. 

 

 

Dr. Paul Greenham - Paul is an Azrieli international postdoctoral fellow at the Cohn Institute for the History of Science and Ideas at Tel Aviv University. Greenham researches the interplay between pre-modern science (or natural philosophy) and religious ideas and practices, particularly in England. To this end, he has written and presented on Isaac Newton’s theology and alchemy, Biblical hermeneutics and the “bookishness” of early modern science, and alchemy in the Islamic world. Greenham’s current projects include digital transcription and attempted dating of Newton’s theological papers (the Yahuda collection at the National Library of Israel) and investigating Newton’s interpretation of symbolic representation: in his alchemical reading, his prophetic hermeneutics, his interpretation of history, and his mathematical representation of the natural world.

Paul's CV can be found here.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dr. Oren Bader -  Oren is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Inter University PhD Program in History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences (IHPLS). He completed his PhD at the Cohn Institute, Tel Aviv University (2017). Oren’s thesis titled: “Attending to Others, Attending with Others: Phenomenological, Developmental and Evolutionary Investigation of Social Attention” was supervised by Prof. Eva Jablonka (Tel Aviv University) and Prof. Dan Zahavi (University of Copenhagen). His research interests include social phenomenology, the philosophy of biology, the philosophy of cognitive science, the intersection between urban esthetics and inter-subjectivity, and social disorders. His work has been presented at a number of national and international conferences and published in the peer-reviewed journals: Consciousness and Cognition, The Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology, Pragmatic and Cognition and in the forthcoming (2017) book: Landscapes of Collectivity in the Life Sciences, MIT Press.
Personal website: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Oren_Bader

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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