Shalem College
Yaki (Yaakov) Menschenfreund

Dr. Yaki (Yaakov) Menschenfreund

Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Haifa (with distinction)
M.A. in General History, University of Haifa
B.Ed. in Communication and Comparative Literature, University of Haifa

Dr. Yaki (Yaakov) Menschenfreund is a scholar of philosophy, an author, and a critic. He has been teaching philosophy at a number of leading Israeli institutions of higher education, including the Technion, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the University of Tel Aviv. Among his translated works are an autobiography of Charles Darwin and a history of medicine from Hippocrates to the present day. His book “The Age of Ignorance” (2011) is a comprehensive critique of New Age movements.

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Selected Publications

Chapters in Books

“Politische Satire im Israelischen Fernsehen,” Culturescapes Israel: Kultur im Spannungsfeld des Nahen Ostens, Jurriaan Cooiman and Sabina Bossert, eds. (Christoph Meriam Verlag, 2011), pp. 159-166.


“Is Existentialist Authenticity Unethical? De Beauvoir on Ethics, Authenticity and Embodiment,” Philosophy Today 52(2) (2008), pp 150-156. [with Sara Cohen-Shabot]