Dana Hollander, McMaster University


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My primary research areas are Modern Jewish Thought, 20th-century French and German Philosophy (especially the phenomenological tradition), and German-Jewish History and Culture.

I have a secondary research interest in conceptions of religion and secularity in democratic legal cultures.

My book Exemplarity and Chosenness is a combined study of Jacques Derrida's philosophy from his earliest writings on Husserl to his considerations of "philosophical nationality" during the 1980s to his later writings on ethico-politico-religious themes, and of Franz Rosenzweig's philosophy of Judaism, especially his theory of election and messianism.

I am completing a book on ethics, law and the theme of "the neighbor" in the works of the German-Jewish philosopher Hermann Cohen.

My graduate courses are designed to introduce students to core figures in continental philosophy and religious thought, and in modern Jewish thought, including Mendelssohn, Husserl, Heidegger, Cohen, Rosenzweig, Levinas, and Derrida, and their receptions. (See my Teaching page for current and past syllabi.)