Melis Erdur

Melis Erdur received her Ph.D. from the New York University Philosophy Department in 2013.  In her doctoral dissertation, A Moral Critique of Moral Philosophy (written under the supervision of Professor David Velleman), she examines central meta-ethical questions concerning moral truth and objectivity, and argues that some of the common ways of posing and answering these questions are predicated upon substantive moral mistakes.  Recently she has been interested in articulating an alternative meta-ethical approach inspired by canonical Jewish texts. She lives in Tel Aviv.

Her project as a Templeton fellow, entitled Torah From (but not in) Heaven: A Philosophical Examination of the Limits of Human Contribution to Revelation, focuses on the notion of Torah from Heaven and offers a philosophical examination of the major traditional Jewish approaches to it.