Shira Billet is completing a dissertation on the German Jewish philosopher Hermann Cohen, entitled “The Sources of Sociality: Hermann Cohen, German Idealism, and the Science of Judaism.” The dissertation offers a new reading of Hermann Cohen’s work, focused on the social concepts in Cohen’s philosophy. The project highlights intellectual continuities between Cohen’s Neo-Kantianism and German Idealism, as well as Cohen’s debts to Jewish scholarship emerging out of nineteenth-century Wissenschaft des Judentums (the Science of Judaism). Shira’s research and teaching interests include: modern Jewish thought, modern Western philosophy of religion, intellectual history, Jewish ethics, ethical theory, religious ethics, history of ethics, philosophy of law, Jewish law, legal theory, religion and law, Western intellectual history, and social thought.
Shira received her B.A. in Religion, summa cum laude, from Princeton University in 2008. She is the recipient of several general fellowships, including: The Leo Baeck Fellowship Programm (Germany), the Wexner Graduate Fellowship in Judaic Studies, and the Graduate Fellowship at the Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization. Additionally, Shira has received several Princeton University fellowships, including: the Laurance S. Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellowship at the University Center for Human Values, and the Religion and Culture Fellowship at the Center for the Study of Religion.