Dana Hollander, McMaster University


Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies

Member, MA Program in Cultural Studies and Critical Theory

Associate Member, Department of Philosophy

McMaster University

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Web page detailing the resources my Department offers for PhD/MA-level study of Jews and Judaism:



Ethics Out of Law: Hermann Cohen and the "Neighbor" (University of Toronto Press, 2021)
Hermann Cohen (1842–1918) was a leading figure in the Neo-Kantian philosophical movement that dominated European thought before 1918. He was also an inaugural figure in modern Jewish philosophy. This book explores Cohen’s striking claim that ethics is rooted in law – a claim developed in both his philosophical ethics and his philosophy of Judaism, in particular in his writings on "love-of-neighbor," up to and including his well-known Religion of Reason.


I participated in a panel on "Isaac Breuer’s Political Theory: State, Sovereignty, and Law" at the annual meeting (which took place online) of the Association for Jewish Studies in December 2020.

I gave an online lecture at the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Toronto, on September 21: "Neighbor-Love as an Object of Protection? Hermann Cohen and Secularized Blasphemy Law."

"The Stakes of Neighbor-Love in Hermann Cohen’s Ethics and Philosophy of Judaism.” English-language lecture at Katholische Akademie Berlin, June 4, 2019.

"'But Does He Really Not Remember?' Cohen’s Revaluing of the Spinozan Politicization of Judaism" in G.W.F. Hegel und Hermann Cohen. Wege zur Versöhnung, ed. Norbert Waszek (Freiburg: Alber, 2018) - a Festschrift for Myriam Bienenstock

"Hermann Cohen über die Paradoxie des Gesetzes, aus den Quellen des Judentums und des Antijudaismus" ["Hermann Cohen on the Paradox of 'Gesetz' Out of the Sources of Judaism and Anti-Judaism"] in Ino Augsberg and Karl-Heinz Ladeur (eds.), Politische Theologie(n) der Demokratie. Das religiöse Erbe des Säkularen ["Political Theology/-ies of Democracy. The Religious Legacy of the Secular"] (Vienna: Turia & Kant, 2018).

I was a speaker at "Hatred and Love: Jewish Conceptions of Personal Hatred and Public Love in Antiquity and Modernity," a conference at the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies, University of Chicago, June 6, 2018.

I was a respondent at the panel "Methodological Boundaries and the Field of Rabbinics: Interruptions from Philosophy," at the 2017 annual conference of the Association for Jewish Studies in Washington, D.C.

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last updated June 22, 2021