Daniel Herskowitz




Professor Graham Ward


Most often, scholarly work on Heidegger and Jews or Judaism focuses on the philosopher’s notorious political affiliation and the question of his anti-Semitism; or in other words, what Heidegger thought of Jews or Judaism. Little attention is dedicated to examine the way in which Jewish thinkers perceived Heidegger and grappled with his philosophy, from their uniquely Jewish perspective. Thus, in my research I am to show that in a similar way to twentieth century Christian theology, the philosophy of Martin Heidegger has played a central role in the way Jewish thinkers thought about and formulated their Judaism. By way of incorporation of ideas and terminology, adaptation or critique, a variety of constructions of Judaism emerge through the encounter of major Jewish thinkers with Heidegger and his philosophy.

Research area:

Jewish Studies, Philosophy, Christian Theology


Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe Doctoral Fellowship, BFHU, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture

Selected Publications:

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  1. “Being-Toward-Eternity: R. Hutner’s Adaptation of a Heideggerian Notion” (Co-authored with Alon Shalev) The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy (forthcoming) 
  2. “Heidegger in Hebrew: Translation, Politics, Reconciliation”, New German Critique (forthcoming).
  3. “An Impossible Possibility? Jewish Barthianism in Interwar Germany”, Modern Theology, July 2017 (forthcoming).
  4. “Franz Rosenzweig and Karl Barth: A Chapter in the Jewish Reception of Dialectical Theology”, Journal of Religion, vol. 97 no. 1 (January 2017):79-100.
  5. “God, Being, Pathos: Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Theological Rejoinder to Heidegger”, The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy (forthcoming).
  6. “Authenticity, Repentance and the Second Coming: 'The Moment' in Kierkegaard, Heidegger and Rabbi Soloveitchik”, The Journal of Scriptural Reasoning, May 2017 (forthcoming)
  7. “The Moment and the Future: Kierkegaard’s Øieblikket and Soloveitchik's view of Repentance”, Association for Jewish Studies Review, 40, 1 April (2016):87-99.
  8. “Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik's Endorsement and Critique of Volkish Thought”, The Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, vol. 14, no. 3 2015 pp. 373-390. 

Book Chapters

9. “Heidegger as a Secularized Kierkegaard: Martin Buber and Hugo Bergmann Read Sein und Zeit”, in Heidegger and Jewish Thought: Difficult Others, edited by Elad Lapidot, in the series “New Heidegger Research” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018) (forthcoming)

Other research interests:

Philosophy, Literature, Bible Studies

Academic-related Activities:

I co-teach the ‘God, Christ, and Salvation’ paper, as well as the Modern Hebrew language course (Ulpan) for the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. I am a member of the European Association for Jewish Studies and the Association for Jewish Studies.

About me:

My academic studies began at the age of 16, when I took up Philosophy and History for my Bachelors degree.  A Masters in Philosophy followed, as did other semi-academic studies in a variety of subjects in the Humanities. Academia is not my only interest: I am easily distracted by good food, music, a glass of red wine, travelling around the world, or play-time with my baby boy.