Will Goetschel is professor of German and philosophy at University of Toronto. His teaching interests are on 18th to 20th century German Literature and Thought, Enlightenment, German Jewish Culture, Critical Theory. Now he is working on a project that examines the emergence of how modern philosophy theorizes difference, otherness, and alterity. The project is called “Difference and Alterity in Modern Jewish Philosophy”.


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

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

“What is Jewish Philosophy? Some Remarks.” Notebook. A Discussion of Contemporary Jewish Issues. A University of Toronto Student Journal. #4 Spring 2007: 62-64.

“Georg Simmel.” Key Thinkers on Art, ed. Chris Murray. London: Routledge, 2003, 245-250.

“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.


Does a jewish philosophy exist? (EN)