Dr. Eli Schonfeld

Ph.D., Philosophy, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Masters, Philosophy, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Bachelor’s, Philosophy and Economics, Bar-Ilan University

Dr. Eli Schonfeld is the chair of the Philosophy and Jewish Thought Department at Shalem College, where he teaches Jewish and European philosophy. He received his PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2009, and from 2014-2105 held the Berkowitz Fellowship at the New York University School of Law. From 2015-2016 he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is author, most recently, of The Wonder of Subjectivity: A Reading of Emmanuel Levinas’ Philosophy [Hebrew].

Selected Publications


The Wonder of Subjectivity: A Reading of Levinas’ Philosophy, 2007, 165 pages, Resling, Tel-Aviv (in Hebrew)

The Apology of Mendelssohn: An Inquiry into the birth of Modern Jewish Philosophy, Verdier, Paris, forthcoming 2016 (in French)


History and Jewish Facticity : about a dialogue between Sartre and Levinas, Cahiers d’Etudes Lévinassiennes, 135-150 (in French), 2007

Philosophical Present and Responsible Present: Comments on Emmanuel Lévinas’s Philosophy of Time, Naharaim: Zeitschrift für deutsch-jüdische Literatur und Kulturgeschichte, 188-209, 2008

On Elementary Evil, Cahiers d’Etudes Lévinassiennes, 137-154 (in French), 2008

Philosophy and Talmudic Wisdom. A Study of “Being Jewish", Cahiers d’Etudes Lévinassiennes, 161-190 (in French) 9, 2010

Living Law: Hermann Cohen Facing St. Paul’s Critique of the Law, Reshit: Studies in Judaism, 80-110 (in Hebrew), 2010

Forgotten God: Moses Mendelssohn and Rabbi Jacob Emden on Universalism and Chosenness, Daat: A Journal of Jewish Philosohpy and Kabbalah, accepted for publication (in Hebrew)

Levinas's Philosophy as a Hermeneutics of Jewish Existence: A revisiting of the relation between Judaism and Philosophy in Levinas, Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Thought, accepted for publication (in Hebrew)

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