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Robert S. Schine

Professor Schine teaches Jewish Studies, with courses encompassing the history of Jewish thought, in particular from the Enlightenment on, the history of Zionism, and also Hebrew Bible and Classical Hebrew.In his scholarship Professor Schine focuses on German-Jewish thought and culture. He is the author of Jewish Thought Adrift: Max Wiener 1882-1950 (Scholars Press, 1992; 2nd ed. 2020) and of Hermann Cohen, Spinoza on State and Religion, Judaism and Christianity, an annotated translation, with introduction, of Cohen’s 1915 monograph (Shalem Press, Jerusalem, 2014). He is also the main translator and, with Samuel Moyn, co-editor of an anthology of Cohen’s writings: Hermann Cohen: Judaism and Neo-Kantian Philosophy (Brandeis Library of Modern Jewish Thought, Brandeis University Press, 2021). In addition, he has written on the early history of Jewish life in Vermont: "‘Members of this Book’: The Pinkas of Vermont’s First Jewish Congregation,” in The American Jewish Archives Journal (2008).

Professor Schine has been teaching at Middlebury since 1985 and is the first holder of the college’s endowed chair in Jewish Studies, the Curt C. and Else Silberman Chair in Jewish Studies. From 1997 to 2004, he served in the academic administration, first as Dean of Faculty and then as Vice Provost. From 2005 to 2011 he was Head of Brainerd Commons, one of the College’s five residential Commons in a twenty-five year long educational experiment, now defunct, in integrating academic and residential life. He has also served as chair of the Classics Department, Director of Middle East Studies and Director of Jewish Studies.

Hermann Cohen (1842–1918) was among the most accomplished Jewish philosophers of modern times—if not the single most significant. But his work has...