Affiliated and Visiting Fellows

Roy Amir

Dr. Roy Amir

Affiliated Post-Doctoral Fellow 2021-2023
ISF Grant:
"Theocracy and Perfectionism in Modern Jewish Philosophy"

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Roy Amir is a postdoctoral fellow at the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History at the Hebrew University. His research focuses on Kantian and Neo-Kantian philosophy, specifically on Herman Cohen. Before joining the Franz Rosenzweig Center, he was a PhD fellow at the Department of Philosophy at Potsdam University. His research was supported by the Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the Hebrew University, the Minerva Foundation and the ISF research project "Theocracy and Perfectionism in Modern Jewish Philosophy"; led by prof. Benjamin Pollock. His dissertation, completed at the Hebrew University, analyzes the notion of rationality in Cohen's System of Philosophy.


Postdoc Project

The notion of political theology – a kind of metaphysical-hermeneutical paradigm – plays a dominant role in current philosophical and theological discourses. In my postdoc project, I approach this paradigm from the critical point of view of one of its fiercest adversaries, Hermann Cohen's Neo-Kantian notion of rationality. The project, titled Religion, Politics, Reason and the Possibility of a Political Theology in the Philosophy of Herman Cohen, is both historical and philosophical. First, contra to a popular approach to Cohen's philosophy of religion as a source for a rational (i.e., ethical) political theology, I stress Cohen's critique of the very rationality of political theology as such, which he takes to be a form of political materialism. This materialism, for Cohen, is amoral and has devastating consequences for politics as well as for theology. I show that Cohen's critique is derived directly from his systematical grounding of rationality, specifically from the conditions of possibility of moral thinking and its actualization. Finally, based on Cohen's critique, I consider the possible political meaning of Cohen's theology and offer possible philosophical principles for a rational approach to the relation between theology and politics.

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Dr. Asif Rahamim

Affiliated Post-Doctoral Fellow 2021-2023
Research Fellow 2020-2021
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Asif Rahamim is a PhD-candidate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He studied Comparative Literature and Philosophy at the Hebrew University, and wrote his MA dissertation on postmodern places and spaces in the work of Franz Kafka.


My research project deals with the poetry of two post-holocaust poets: German writing Paul Celan, and Hebrew writing Avot Yeshurun. The study focuses on both of the poets’ unique approach to poetic language as means for orientation and place-making. Exploring the connection between cartography and politics, power relations, oppression, and exclusion, the study wishes to point out the revolutionary potential embedded in the act of poetic place-making and in poetic cartography in particular as a Genenwort arena, in which ethically oriented attempts to map differently constitute a form of resistance to the dominant social, political, and historical norm.



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