Biography

David Shatz is the Ronald P. Stanton University Professor of Philosophy, Ethics, and Religious Thought at Yeshiva University and editor of The Torah u-Madda Journal, a journal devoted to the interaction between Judaism and general culture. 

Shatz has edited, co-edited, or authored fifteen books and has published over eighty articles and reviews, dealing with both general and Jewish philosophy. His publications in general philosophy focus on the theory of knowledge, free will, ethics, and the philosophy of religion, while his writings in Jewish philosophy focus on Jewish ethics, Maimonides, religion and science, religious diversity, and twentieth-century rabbinic figures. Among his books are Philosophy and Faith, Peer Review: A Critical Inquiry, Questions About God, and a collection of his essays titled Jewish Thought in Dialogue. He is also editor of the series MeOtzar HoRav, which has brought into print many of the previously unpublished manuscripts of the talmudist-philosopher  Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. Currently he is one of the scholars in the project “Virtue, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life” co-sponsored by the University of Chicago and the John Templeton Foundation. 

A book concerning his life and thought, titled David Shatz, Torah, Philosophy, and Culture appears in The Library of Contemporary Jewish Philosophers, a series that the publisher, Brill, states “showcases outstanding Jewish thinkers who have made lasting contributions to constructive Jewish philosophy in the second half of the twentieth century.” In recognition of his achievements as a scholar and teacher, Shatz was awarded the Presidential Medallion at Yeshiva University, the first member of the various university faculties to receive this highest honor. 

After graduating as valedictorian of his class at Yeshiva University, Shatz was ordained at  the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and then earned his Ph.D with distinction in general philosophy at Columbia University.