June Researcher of the Month – Dr. Yiftach Fehige

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Meet Dr.Yiftach Fehige from the University of Toronto.

 

1. What is your current position/place of research?

I am an associate professor of philosophy for christianity and science in the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science (University of Toronto).

2. Could you give us some details about your educational background?

I received most of my education in Germany. In 2004 I graduated from the University of Mainz with a Ph.D. in logic and philosophy of science. My supervisor was Elke Brendel (now at the University of Bonn). In 2007 I accepted my current position in form of a tenure-track appointment at the University of Toronto; tenured in 2012. In the same year I earned a second Ph.D. in theology and Jewish studies from the Unversity of Tuebingen. My supervisor was Thomas Freyer (Professor emeritus now).

3. What projects are you currently working on and what are some projects you’ve worked on in the past?

Given my interdisciplinary training I developed a very diverse research dossier. The project that has been occupying me the most concerns theological aspects of thought experiments. Matters of human sexuality are second in the order of my research priorities, with a special focus on philosophical aspects of transsexuality. I am in the process of launching a new research project dedicated to the metaphysical idea of a multiverse.

4. What’s one thing you particularly enjoy about working in your field?

The most exciting aspect about my field of christianity and science is the interdisciplinary nature of most of the major topics. My field allows me to do justice to my strong theological inclinations without the constraints that many academic theologians experience.

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