HUSIK, ISAAC (1876–1939), historian of Jewish philosophy. Born in Vasseutinez (near Kiev), Husik moved in 1888 to Philadelphia, where he remained until his death. While still young, he came under the influence of Sabato *Morais, rabbi of the Spanish-Portuguese community of Philadelphia, and was preparing himself for the rabbinate. He abandoned his rabbinic studies when he began studying at the University of Pennsylvania. From 1898 to 1916 he taught at *Gratz College in Philadelphia. He joined the faculty of philosophy of the University of Pennsylvania in 1911 and was appointed professor in 1921. Husik also studied law, which was helpful to him in
M.C. Nahm and L. Strauss, Philosophical Essays of Isaac Husik (1952), vii–xli; L. Strauss, in: Iyyun, 2 (1951), 215–23; J.H. Greenstone in: American Jewish Year Book, 41 (1939), 57–65.
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