Willi Goetschel

Professor of German and Philosophy

Contact info

w.goetschel@utoronto.ca

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

Phone 416-926-2320
Fax: 416-926-2329
Secretary: 416-926-2324

Office Hours

Spring 2017: Mon & Tue 4-5 p.m.

Classes 2016-17

GER 275HS Marx, Nietzsche, Freud
JGC 1855HS / GER 430HS Critical Theory in Context: The French-German Connection

Background

Ph.D. 1989 in German, Harvard University
Lic.phil I[=M.Phil] 1982 in Philosophy, Universität Zürich

President, Foundation Stiftung Dialogik www.dialogik.org
General Editor, Bamidbar: Journal for Jewish Thought and Philosophy www.bamidbar-journal.org
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.

Books

The Discipline of Philosophy and the Invention of Modern Jewish Thought. New York: Fordham University Press, 2012.

Spinoza's Modernity: Mendelssohn, Lessing, and Heine. Madison: U Wisconsin Press, 2004.

Constituting Critique: Kant's Writing as Critical Praxis.   Transl. by Eric Schwab.  Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1994. 235pp. [translation of a revised version and expanded version of Kant als Schriftsteller].

Kant als Schriftsteller.  Vienna: Passagen Verlag, 1990. 208pp.

Books Edited

Hermann Levin Goldschmidt and Edith Moos, Mein 1933. Vienna: Passagen, 2008.

Hermann Levin Goldschmidt.Werkausgabe. [9 volumes]  Vienna: Passagen.

Vol. 1.  Philosophie als Dialogik. Frühe Schriften, 1993.
Vol. 2.  Das Vermächtnis des deutschen Judentums, 1994.
Vol. 3.  Die Botschaft des Judentums, 1994.
Vol. 4.  Der Rest bleibt. Aufstze zum Judentum, 1997.
Vol. 5.  Aus den Quellen des Judentums: Aufsätze zur Philosophie, 2000.
Vol. 6.  Freiheit für den Widerspruch, 1993.
Vol. 7.  Haltet euch an Worte: im ganzen! Texte und Thesen, 2013.
Vol. 8.  Pestalozzis unvollendete Revolution. Philosophie dank der Schweiz von Rousseau bis Turel, 1995.
Vol. 9.  Weil wir Brüder sind: Jüdische Schriften 1935-1998, 2014.

Perspektiven der Dialogik. Zürcher Kolloquium zu Ehren von Hermann Levin Goldschmidt. Vienna: Passagen. 1994.

Wege des Widerspruchs. Festschrift für H. L. Goldschmidt.  Co-edited with John Cartwright and Maja Wicki-Vogt. Bern: Haupt, 1984.

Gayatri C. Spivak, Imperatives for Reimagining the Planet - Imperative für eine Neueinschätzung des Planeten. Mary Levin Goldschmidt-Bollag Memorial Lecture zur Flüchtlings- und Migrationspolitik. Vienna: Passagen. 1999. Second edition 2013.

Guy S. Goodwin-Gill, Toleranz in einem Zeitalter der Ungewißheit - Tolerance in an Age of Uncertainty. 2. Mary Levin Goldschmidt-Bollag Memorial Lecture. Vienna: Passagen, 2002.

Essays and Articles

2017:

  • “Versuch einer Korrespondenz: Uwe Johnson und Hannah Arendt.” Johnson-Jahrbuch 23 (2016): 117-128.

2016:

  • “Dada Zurich 1916 and the Geopolitics of the Local.” The Germanic Review 91.4 (2016): 417-420.
  • “Translation and the Text’s Alterity: Spinoza to Derrida.” Un/Translatables: New Maps for Germanic Literatures. Ed. Catriona MacLeod and Bethany Wiggin. Chicago: Northwestern University Press, 2016, 63-77.
  • “Spinoza’s Dream.” Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry 3.1 (2016): 39-54.
  • “Introduction: Jewish Studies and Postcolonialism.” With Ato Quayson. Special Theme Issue of Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry 3.1 (2016): 1-9.

2015

  • “Heine's Aesthetics of Dissonance.” The Germanic Review 90.4 (2015): 304-334.
  • „Kommentar zu Heinrich Heine“ (Heinrich Heines Theorie des Judenhasses.). Birgit Erdle and Werner Konitzer (eds.), Theorien über Judenhass - eine Denkgeschichte: Kommentierte Quellenedition (1781-1931). Wissenschaftliche Reihe des Fritz Bauer Instituts. Frankfurt a.M. and New York: Campus, 2015.
  • »Lebendige Schrift«:
 Zu Mendelssohns Theorie der Übersetzung als Selbstübersetzung. Wolfenbütteler Vortragsmanuskripte 20. Wolfenbüttel: Lessing-Akademie, 2015.
  • “Franz Kafka's 'In der Strafkolonie.'” Introduction to the theme issue on Kafka's "In der Strafkolonie." The Germanic Review 90.2 (2015): 81-86.
  • “Theory-Praxis: Spinoza, Hess, Marx, and Adorno.” Bamidbar: Journal for Jewish Thought and Philosophy 2 (2013): 16-28.
  • “Secularization Theories and Their Discontents.” With Nils Roemer. Introduction to the theme issue “Secularization.” The Germanic Review 90.1 (2015): 2-5.

2014

  • “Another Abraham, another Sarah: Heinrich Heine’s The Rabbi of Bacherach.” Judaism in Contemporary Thought: Traces and Influence. Ed. Agata Bielik-Robson and Adam Lipszyc. New York and London: Routledge, 2014, 39-50.
  • “Tangled Genealogies: Hellenism, Hebraism, and Discourse of Modernity.” Review essay of Miriam Leonard, Socrates and the Jews: Hellenism and Hebraism from Moses Mendelssohn to Sigmund Freud. Arion 21.3: 2014, 111-124.

2013

  • „An Elective Affinity: Hans Eichner and Friedrich Schlegel.“ Hartwig Mayer, Paola Mayer, and Jean Wilson (eds.). Romanticism, Humanism, Judaism: The Legacy of Hans Eichner – Romantik, Humanismus, Judentum: Hans Eichners Vermächtnis. Bern etc.: Peter Lang, 2013, 29-45.
  • “Thesen, Punkte, Form und Stil: wie anders philosophieren?“
  • “Germany: From Restoration to Consolidation. Post-Romantic Classical and Romantic Legacies.“ Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, vol. 6. Ed. Rafey Habib. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 115-138.
  • “Inside and Outside the University: Philosophy as Way and Problem in Cohen, Buber, and Rosenzweig.“ German Jewry Between Hope and Despair 1871-1933. Ed. Nils Roemer. Lancaster: Academic Studies Press, 2013, 279-308.

2012

  • “Philosophy from the Outside in: Rosenzweig’s Critical Project. Filozofija i Drustvo, XXIII (2012): 65-76.
  • “Inszenierungen einer Figur: Lessing und die jüdische Spinozarezeption.“ Lessing Year Book 2012, vol. 39, 139-154.
  • “Jewish Philosophers and the Enlightenment." The Cambridge History of Jewish Philosophy: The Modern Era. Ed. Martin Kavka, Zachary Braiterman, and David Novak. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012, 35-74.
  • “"Reciting Jesus: Heine's Nazarene Family Relations." Ed. Christian Wiese and Martina Urban, German-Jewish Thought Between Religion and Politics: Festschrift in Honor of Paul Mendes-Flohr on the Occasion of His Seventieth Birthday. Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2012, 43-58.

2011

  • “Writing, Dialogue, and Marginal Form: Mendelssohn's Style of Intervention." Mendelssohn's Metaphysics and Aesthetics. Ed. Reinier Munk. Berlin: Springer, 2011, 21-37.
  • “Derrida and Spinoza: Rethinking the Theological-Political Problem.“ Bamidbar: Journal for Jewish Thought and Philosophy 2 (2011): 9-25.
  • “Hermann Levin Goldschmidt, Jacques Derrida, and the Project of Philosophy.“ Orietta Ombrosi and Petar Bojanic (eds.), Tra Torah e Sophia. Orizzonti e frontiere della Filosofia ebraica. Milano: Marietti, 2011, 286-304.
  • “Einstimmigkeit in Differenz: Der Begriff der Aufklärung bei Kant und Mendelssohn.“ text + kritik 5 (2011): 79-98.
  • “Die Kritische Theorie der Frankfurter Schule.“ Aufbau: Das jüdische Monatsmagazin 77.4 (2011), 21-23.
  • “Was wird nun mit der Vergangenheit?, Zum Erinnerungsdiskurs in Uwe Johnsons Jahrestagen.“ Uwe Johnson Jahrbuch 18 (2011): 116-128.
  • “Athens, Jerusalem, and the Orient Express of Philosophy.“ Bamidbar: Journal for Jewish Thought and Philosophy1 (2011): 9-34.

2010

  • “Voices from the 'Jewish Colony': Sovereignty, Power, Secularization, and the Outside Within.“ Non-Western Thought and International Relations: Retrieving the Global Context of Investigations of Modernity. Ed. Robbie Shilliam. London: Routledge, 2010, 64-84.
  • “An Elective Affinity: Hans Eichner and Friedrich Schlegel.” The Germanic Review 85.2 (2010).

2009

2008

  • “Dialogik als kritisches Modell: Bild und Wort bei Edith Moos und Hermann Levin Goldschmidt.” Afterword to Hermann Levin Goldschmidt and Edith Moos, Mein 1933. Vienna: Passagen, 2008, 107-142.

2007

2006

2005

2004

  • “Heine und der Traum.” Palimpseste. Festschrift für Norbert Altenhofer. Ed. Pascal Nicklas, Volker Bohn and Joachim Jacob. Heidelberg: Carl Winter, 2004, 41-61.
  • “Heine’s Critical Secularism.” Special issue on Critical Secularism, ed. Aamir Mufti. boundary 2 31.2 (2004): 149-171.
  • “Heine’s Spinoza.” Special theme issue Spinoza in Dialogue, ed. Jeffrey Bernstein. Idealistic Studies 33.2-3 (2003): 207-221.
  • “Zwischen Emanzipation, Vernichtung und Neuanfang: Jüdische Philosophen in der Schweiz.” Festschrift zum 100. Jubiläum des Bestehens des Schweizerischen Israelitischen Gemeindebundes. Ed. Gabrielle Rosenstein. Zürich: Chronos, 2004, 248-64.

2003

  • "Georg Simmel." Key Thinkers on Art, ed. Chris Murray. London: Routledge, 2003, 245-250.
  • "Hermann Levin Goldschmidt." Metzler Lexikon Jüdischer Philosophen. Philosophisches Denken von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart. Ed. Andreas Kilcher and Otfried Fraisse. Stuttgart and Weimar: Metzler, 2003, 440-42.
  • "Lessing's 'Jewish' Questions." Special issue of Germanic Review dedicated to Inge Halpert. The Germanic Review 78.2 (2003): 62-73
  • Zu Adornos 100. Geburtstag. tachles 3.36, 5 September 2003.

2002

  • "A Jewish Critic from Germany: Hermann Levin Goldschmidt." German Literature and Jewish Critics. Ed. Steve Dowden and Meike Werner.  Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2002, 149-165.
  • "Nightingales Instead of Owls: Heine's Joyous Philosophy."  A Companion to the Works of Heinrich Heine, ed. Roger F. Cook. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2002, 139-168.

2001

  • "Lessing, Mendelssohn, Nathan: German Jewish Myth Building as an Act of Emancipation." Lessing International: Lessing Reception Abroad.  Ed. John McCarthy, Richard Schade and Herbert Rowland. Lessing Yearbook 32 (2000): 341-360.
  • "Spinozas Modernität: Kritische Aspekte seiner politischen Theorie." Marcel Senn (ed.), Ethik, Recht und Politik bei Spinoza.  Zürich: Schulthess, 2001, 209-224.

2000

  • "Causerie: On the Function of Dialogue in Fontane's Der Stechlin." Transl. by Eric Schwab. Ed. Marion Doebeling. Cultural Codes in Flux: New Approaches to Fontane. Columbia, S.C.: Camden House, 2000. (Translation of my article in Germanic Review 1995), 116-135.
  • "Grounding Aesthetics." New Germanic Critique. Special Isssue on 18th Century #79 (2000):137-156.

1999

  • "Heines Spinoza: Ent/Mythologisierung der Philosophie als Projekt der Entzauberung und1 Emanzipation." Aufklärung und Skepsis. Internationaler Heine-Kongress. Ed. Bernd Witte and Joseph Kruse. Stuttgart: Metzler, 571-585.
  • "Models of Differences and Alterity: Moses Mendelssohn, Hermann Cohen, Franz Rosenzweig, and Hermann Levin Goldschmidt." The German-Jewish Dilemma. From the Enlightenment to the Shoa. Ed. Edward Timms and Andrea Hammel. Lewiston, Queenston, Lampeter: Edwin Mellen, 1999,  25-38.
  • "Rhyming History: A Note on the 'Hebrew Melodies'."Germanic Review 74 (1999):271-282.
  • "Universität, Partikularität und das jüdische Lehrhaus."  Evelyn Adunka (ed.), Das Modell des jüdischen Lehrhaus.  Vienna: Passagen, 1999, 47-59. (Invited.)

1998

  • "'Land of Truth - Enchanting Name!' Kant's Journey at Home." The Imperialist Imagination: German Colonialism and Its Legacy. Ed. Sara Friedrichsmeyer, Sara Lennox, Susanne Zantop. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1998 321-336.

1997

  • Entries on G.E. Lessing, Moses Mendelssohn, Georg Simmel, Karl Marx, Margarete Susman, and "Review" in theEncyclopedia of Essay. London: Fitzroy Dearborn 1997, 476-478, 541-543, 554-556, 699-700, 773-774, 824-825.
  • "Heinrich Heine: Poet, Critic, Exile." Catalogue to the Exhibit at the Leo Baeck Institute, New York, 1-3.
  • "Love, Sex and Other Utilities: Keller's Unsettling Account."  Narrative Ironies.  Ed. by Raymond Prier and Gerald Gillespie.  Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1997, 223-235.
  • "Negotiating Truth: On Nathan's Business." Lessing Yearbook 28 (1997): 105-123.
  • "The Writings of Hermann Levin Goldschmidt." Yale Companion to Jewish Writing and Thought in German Culture, 1096-1996.  Eds. Sander Gilman and Jack Zipes. New Haven: Yale 1997, 704-709.
  • "Zur Sprachlosigkeit von Bildern." Bilder des Holocaust.Ed. Klaus Scherpe and Manfred Köppen. Vienna: Böhlau 1997, 131-144.

1996

  • "Moses Mendelssohn und das Projekt der Aufklärung."Germanic Review  71.3 (1996):163-175.

1995

  • "Ab/Deckerinnerung im grossen Stil." Eine Streitschrift. Der Wettbewerb für das "Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas.Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (ed.). Berlin: Verlag der Kunst, 1995, 52-56.
  • "Causerie: Zur Funktion des Gesprächs in Fontanes Der Stechlin".  Germanic Review 70 (1995):116-122.
  • "Juden", "Enzyklopädie."  Lexikon der Aufklärung.  Ed. Werner Schneiders.  München: C.H.Beck, 1995, 101-103 and 197-198.
  • "Kritik und Frieden: Zur literarischen Strategie der SchriftZum Ewigen Frieden."  Proceedings of  the 8th International Kant Congress.  Hoke Robinson (ed.). Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 1995, vol. 2, 821-827. (Also published in Weimarer Beiträge 41 (1995):120-126) Revised and abbreviated version: "Kant's Secret Clause." Proceedings of the 9th International Congress on the Enlightenment. Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 1996.

1994

  • "The Deutsche Encyclopädie."  (With Catriona MacLeod and Emery Snyder).  Notable encyclopedias of the late 18th century: 12 successors of the Encyclopédie.  Ed Frank A. Kafker.  Studies on Voltaire and the eighteenth century.  The Voltaire Foundation.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994, 257-333.
  • "'Gibt es eine jüdische Philosophie?' Zur Problematik eines Topos."  W.Goetschel (ed.), Perspektiven der Dialogik. Zürcher Kolloquium zu Ehren Hermann Levin Goldschmidts.  Vienna: Passagen, 1994, 89-109.
  • "'Jüdische Philosophie' - ein Querverweis." In Babylon14/15 (Winter 1994/95): 119-132.

1993

  • "The Differential Character of Traditions."Telos  # 95 vol. 26 (1993): 161-170.
  • "Germanistik in den USA."  [Introduction to theme issue] Weimarer Beiträge 39 (1993):325-343.
  • "Zum Werk von Hermann Levin Golschmidt."Weimarer Beiträge 39 (1993):60-68. (revised version of "Nachwort" to Goldschmidt, Werke 1, 283-290.)

1992

  • "Formen des Widerspruchs. Zur Diskursausdifferenzierung in der Neuzeit." Komplementarität und Dialogik.  Ed. Ernst Fischer et.al.  München: Piper, 1992, 78-97.
  • "The Deutsche Encyclopädie and Encyclopedism in Eighteenth-Century Germany."  (With C. MacLeod and E. Snyder). The Encyclopédie and the Age of Revolution.  Ed. Clorinda Donato and Robert Maniquis.  Boston: G.K.Hall, 1992, 55-61.

1991

  • "Switzerland, for Example: 700 Years Old and Still Going Strong."Telos #88 vol. 24 (1991): 155-166.

1987

  • "Kafka's Negative Dialectics."Journal of the Kafka-Society of America (9) 1985: 83-106.

1986

  • "Terra Fuentes."-(Interview with Carlos Fuentes. With L. Dunton-Downer and C. Patell).- Harvard Review (1) 1986: 130-162.

1984

  • "Zur Geschichte des Widerpruchs in der Neuzeit." W. Goetschel, J. Cartwright, and M. Wicki-Vogt (eds.), Wege des Widerspruch. Festschrift für Hermann Levin Goldschmidt. Bern: Haupt, 9-40.

1981

  • "Margarete Susman." Helvetische Steckbriefe.  Ed. Werner Weber.  Zürich: Artemis 1981, 247-253.

Special Theme Issues of Journals edited

1999        Heinrich Heine's Jewish Con/Texts. Special Theme Issue co-edited with Nils Roemer. The Germanic Review 74.4 (1999).

1997        Gershom Scholem. Special Theme Issue co-edited with Nils Roemer. The Germanic Review 72.1 (1997).

1993        Germanistik in den USA. Weimarer Beiträge 39 (1993).

Review Essays

1998        "Neue Literatur zu Moses Mendelssohn."  Lessing Yearbook 29 (1998):199-208.

1997        "Scholem's Diaries, Letters and New Literature on His Work. Review Essay."  Germanic Review 72:1 (1997): 77-92.

1989        "Neue Literatur zur Aufklärung."  German Quarterly 62 (1989): 235-241.

1983        "Ergebnisse des Lessing-Mendelssohn-Jahrs."  Studia Philosophica. 42 (1983):223-230.

Book Reviews

American Jewish Studies Review (2007, 2009, 2011, 2015)

Aufbau, New York (1984-1995)

Das achtzehnte Jahrhundert (2003)

German Quarterly (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999)

Goethe Yearbook (2011)

The Germanic Review (1996-2006)

H-Net Book Review (2003, 2009)

Internationales Archiv für Sozialgeschichte der Literatur IASL on-line (2002, 2004)

Jüdische Rundschau, Basel (1977-1990)

Lessing Yearbook (1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2004/5)

Monatshefte (103.3: 2011)

Modern Language Notes (1991, 1994)

Neue Zürcher Zeitung (1983, 1984)

Philosophy East and West (2015)

Shofar (2000, 2001, 2005)

Studia Philosophica (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983)

Studia Spinozana (1998)

Telos (1992, 1994)

Zeitschrift für Religions- und Geistesgeschichte (1983, 1988)

Zürichsee-Zeitung (1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991)