Daniel M. Herskowitz


Dr. Daniel M. Herskowitz is currently a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Theology and Religion, working on the research project ‘Jewish Existentialism and the Legacy of Martin Luther’. He was previously a Career Research Fellow in Jewish Studies at Wolfson College and a postdoctoral fellow at the Religion Department at Columbia University, NY. Dr. Herskowitz is the author of over twenty studies on modern philosophy, modern Jewish thought, Jewish-Christian relations, political theology, secularization, and nationalism. His first book, Heidegger and His Jewish Reception (Cambridge University Press, 2021) was awarded the 2021 Salo W. and Jeannette M. Baron Young Scholars Award for Scholarly Excellence. His essay “Between Exclusion and Intersection: Heidegger’s Philosophy and Jewish Volkism” was the winner of the Leo Baeck Year Book Essay Prize for 2020.

Faculty Research Area(s): 

Historical and Systematic Theology, History of Christianity, Philosophical Theology, Study of Religions

Research Interests:

Modern and Medieval Jewish Thought, Philosophy, Jewish-Christian relations, political theology, secularization, intellectual history, nationalism

Research Centres & Projects:

Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies

Centre for the Study of the Bible


Co-editor of Baron Lectures: Studies on the Jewish Experience Vol. 1, with Rachel Blumenthan and Kerstin Mayerhofer (Brill, 2022)



Publications & Research Outputs:


Heidegger and His Jewish Reception (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021).



“The Maimonides Renaissance in Interwar Germany: The Case of Alexander Altmann,” Baron Award Lectures (Brill, 2022)

“Karl Löwith’s Secularization Thesis and the Jewish Reception of Heidegger,” Religions 2, no. 6 (2021): 1–17.

“Between Barth and Heidegger: Michael Wyschogrod’s Body of Faith,” Jewish Studies Quarterly (2022)

“Reading Heidegger Against the Grain: Hans Jonas on Existentialism, Gnosticism, and Modern Science,” Modern Intellectual History (2021)

“Karl Barth and Nostra Aetate: New Evidence from the Second Vatican Council,” Journal of Theological Studies (2021)

“The Call: Leo Strauss on Heidegger, Secularization, and Revelation,” New German Critique 144 vol. 48 no. 3 (November 2021): 31-63.

“Between Exclusion and Intersection: Heidegger’s Philosophy and Jewish Volkism,” Leo Baeck Institute Year Book vol. 65 no. 1 (2020): 127-144. Winner of the Leo Baeck Year Book Essay Prize for 2020.

“The Husserl-Heidegger Relationship in the Jewish Imagination,” Jewish Quarterly Review vol. 110 no. 3 (summer 2020): 491-522.

“Everything is Under Control: Buber’s Critique of Heidegger’s Magic,” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion vol. 86 no. 2 (October 2019): 111-130.

“Being-Toward-Eternity: R. Hutner’s Adaptation of a Heideggerian Notion” (Co-authored with Alon Shalev), The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 26 no. 2 (September 2018): 254-277.

“Heidegger in Hebrew: Translation, Politics, Reconciliation,” New German Critique 135, vol. 35 no. 3 (November 2018): 97-128.

“Heidegger as a Secularized Kierkegaard: Martin Buber and Hugo Bergmann Read Sein und Zeit,” Heidegger and Jewish Thought: Difficult Others, edited by Elad Lapidot and Micha Brumlik (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), 155-174.

 “An Impossible Possibility? Jewish Barthianism in Interwar Germany,” Modern Theology, vol. 33 no. 3 (July 2017): 348-368.

“Franz Rosenzweig and Karl Barth: A Chapter in the Jewish Reception of Dialectical Theology,” The Journal of Religion, vol. 97 no. 1 (January 2017): 79-100.