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Willi Goetschel

Professor of German and Philosophy
Affiliated Faculty, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies




Odette Hall 313 50 St. Joseph Street Toronto, ON M5S 1J4




PhD 1989 in German, Harvard University
Lic. phil (=M. Phil) 1982 in Philosophy,  Universität Zürich

President, Foundation Stiftung Dialogik
General Editor, Bamidbar: Journal for Jewish Thought and Philosophy
Executive Editor, The Germanic Review
Editorial Board, Weimarer Beiträge
Editorial Board, Lessing Year Book

teaching interests

18th to 20th century German Literature and Thought, Enlightenment, German Jewish Culture, Critical Theory.

Current research interests

I am currently working on a project that examines the emergence of how modern philosophy theorizes difference, otherness, and alterity. The project called “Difference and Alterity in Modern Jewish Philosophy” is supported by a grant of the Social Sciences and Human Research Council. Insight Grant 2012-2018

My previous research project “The Question of Modernity” was supported by another grant of the Social Sciences and Human Research Council 2004-2009 and resulted in various essays and the book The Discipline of Philosophy and the Invention of Modern Jewish Thought.

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