Hollander, Dana

My primary research areas are Modern Jewish Thought, 20th-century French and German Philosophy (especially the phenomenological tradition), and German-Jewish History and Culture.  My recent book Exemplarity and Chosennessis a combined study of Jacques Derrida’s philosophy from his earliest writings on Husserl to his considerations of “philosophical nationality” during the 1980s to his later writings on ethico-politico-religious themes, and of Franz Rosenzweig’s philosophy of Judaism, especially his theory of election and messianism.  My current SSHRC-sponsored research project is on the theme of “the neighbor” in the works of the German-Jewish philosopher Hermann Cohen.  My graduate courses are designed to introduce students to core figures in modern Jewish thought and in continental philosophy and religious thought, including Mendelssohn, Husserl, Heidegger, Cohen, Rosenzweig, Levinas, and Derrida, and their receptions. Partly thanks to my appointment as a Canada Research Chair in Modern Jewish Thought during 2003-8, I have been working to enhance the profile of this area of study and research, as well as foster work in modern Judaism more broadly, at McMaster. During the academic year 2010-11, I am on research leave at the Centre for Literary and Cultural Studies (Zentrum für Literatur-und Kulturforschung) in Berlin.

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