Prof. Eli Friedlander

Department of Philosophy
School of Cultural Studies
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Prof. Eli Friedlander
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Eli Friedlander,

Laura Schwarz-Kipp Professor of Modern Philosophy,

Dept. of Philosophy, Tel-Aviv University, Israel



1981-1984:  The Hebrew University, Philosophy and Mathematics, Bachelor 1984

1983-1985:  Betzalel Academy of Arts, Fine Arts,

1985-1992:  Harvard University, Philosophy, Ph.D. 1992

Dissertation: Expressions of Judgment (Supervisors: S.Cavell, B. Dreben, H. Putnam, J. Rawls)


Academic and Professional Experience

1992 -present: Tel Aviv University, Department of Philosophy, Full Professor

2001, 2005: Visiting Professor, dept. of Philosophy, New School for Social Research

2012-2014: Visiting Associate Professor at the Humanities Center, Johns Hopkins University (three years appointment)

2015: Leading six-week seminar at the School of Theory and Criticism, Cornell University


Area of Specialization: Twentieth Century Philosophy (Analytic and Continental), Philosophy of history, Aesthetics, Kant.


Recent Academic and Professional Awards

2005: Membership at the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

2008: Three year ISF (Israel Science Foundation) grant: 'Walter Benjamin and the Necessity of History'.

2010: Yad Hanadiv Humanities grant (Kantianism in Philosophy). PI with partners from Tel Aviv University and Ben Gurion University.

2010: Three year ISF grant for research project on 'Forms of Life: Wittgenstein, Goethe and the Nature of Color'.

2012: ISF grant for funding conference on Kantian themes in Analytic Philosophy

2012: Associate of the Humanities Center, Johns Hopkins University (three years appointment)

2013: Laura Schwarz-Kipp Chair of Modern Philosophy, Tel Aviv University

2014: Three days conference dedicated to my book Walter Benjamin: A Philosophical Portrait, University of Chicago

2014: Three year ISF grant for research project on ‘Reconstructing Walter Benjamin’s Baudelaire-book’


History of Philosophy, Aesthetics, Kant and German Idealism, Walter Benjamin and the philosophy of history


Selected List of Publications 2010-2015

Eli Friedlander

A. Books  and Monographs

1. Walter Benjamin: A Philosophical Portrait, Cambridge: Harvard University Press (2012)

1.a. Walter Benjamin: Ein philosophisches Porträt  German Translation of 3. Verlag Beck, 2013.

2. Expressions of Judgment: An Essay on Kant’s Critique of Judgment (Harvard University Press,  2014)


B. Articles

1.  ‘Meaning Schematics in Cavell's Kantian reading of Wittgenstein’ in special issue of Revue Internationale de Philosophie edited by Sandra Laugier (2011/2, no. 256).

2. 'Wittgenstein and Goethe: The Life of Colors' in C. Chauviré L'Art de Comprendre, no. 20, July 2011

3. ‘The Appearance of the Ideal of Philosophical Questioning in the Work of Art”, in Yearbook for Comparative Literature, (eds.) Eyal Peretz and Michel Chaouli, vol. 57 (2011)

4. 'Missing a Step Up the Ladder' forthcoming in special Issue of Philosophical Topics on Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (forthcoming 2015)

5. ‘Realization and Vanishing’ in Benjamin and Theology, eds. Stephane Symons and Colby Dickinson, forthcoming Fordham University Press

6. ‘Wittgenstein, Benjamin and Pure Realism’ in Wittgenstein and Modernism eds. Karen Zumhagen-Yekple and Michael leMahieu, Chicago University Press (forthcoming).

7. ‘Assuming Violence: A Commentary on Walter Benjamin’s ‘Critique of Violence’’ forthcoming November 2015, boundary 2

8.’ Logic, Ethics and Existence in the Early Wittgenstein’ forthcoming in Ed Dain and Reshef Agam-Segal, Essays on Wittgenstein’s Ethics

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