The Tikvah Project on Jewish Thought supports teaching, research, and publication on Jewish thought. We define Jewish thought very broadly to include any relevant time period, figure, or topic. The Project’s main goal is to integrate Jewish thought fully into the study of the humanities. This goal is based on the view that the Jewish tradition has an important contribution to make to the humanities as a whole—in politics, history, religion, philosophy—and that any educated person, Jewish and non-Jewish, ought to widen his/her academic perspective to include topics of Jewish thought and civilization. We hope that the implementation of this kind of curriculum will have long-lasting effects for the future of Jewish studies and the humanities.
The project aims to create a dynamic community of teachers and scholars at Princeton University. Undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and visiting fellows, are involved with all aspects of the Tikvah Project on Jewish Thought, from participation in courses and related events to collaborative and independent research on a number of the Project’s themes.
Each year the Project brings to Princeton a number of visiting fellows to teach courses and do their own research in Jewish thought. Additional and new undergraduate courses that explore thematic questions from both Jewish and non-Jewish perspectives are developed and supported by the Project. The Project also hosts a series of workshops and working groups that bring together scholars and students from different disciplines and various national and international institutions.