A central interest of Dr. Furstenberg is concept formation and conceptual change; he therefore studied for his Masters and Ph.D. at the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science at Tel Aviv University. He chose a non-scientific body of knowledge, the Babylonian Talmud which is rich in concepts and conceptions, to analyze various conceptual dynamics. The connection between concepts and dynamics led him into the area of philosophy of language, since different conceptual dynamics are embedded within different philosophies of language. Dr. Furstenberg is co-editor of The Jewish Political Tradition, Vol IV: Politics in History (Land, War, Exile, Redemption and Value of Political Life), edited by M. Walzer, M. Lorberbaum and N. J. Zohar. His current interest lies on the borderline between philosophy and brain science, specifically regarding the issue of free will. He is at the moment a post-doc at the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research involves experimentation (human behavioral and electrophysiological) on the one hand, and theory and philosophy on the other.
Dr. Ariel Furstenberg
Fields of Practice:
Philosophy of science and brain science: the question of volition. Philosophy of Halacha and philosophy of language