Ghila Amati


Dr Miri Freud-Kandel

Prof Johannes Zachhuber


Balliol College

Research Overview:

The Lebensphilosophie of Bergson, Nietzsche and Simmel in Rabbi Avraham Itzhak HaCohen Kook’s Thought

Research Area/s: 

Modern Jewish Thought, Jewish Philosophy, 19th and 20th century German and French Philosophy, Jewish Thought, Mysticism, German-Jewish Studies


I received my Master degree from Bar-Ilan University in Philosophy. My Master thesis was on the pessimistic philosophy of the Italian poet and thinker Giacomo Leopardi and the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. My DPhil research, set within the field of Modern Jewish philosophy, focuses on the interconnections between philosophy and Modern Jewish Thought. It proposes to examine the philosophy of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook (1865-1935), within the contextual framework of the Lebensphilosophie movement and the philosophy of some of its major exponents: Friedrich Nietzsche, Georg Simmel, and Henri Bergson.


Select Publications:

Superior Points of View: William James and Aldous Huxley’s Reflections on Mystical and Religious Experiences” The Journal of the Oxford Graduate Theological Society, 2020

Dionysius and Apollo in Badenheim 1939: A Nietzschean Interpretation of Aharon Appelfeld's Work”  (Forthcoming)

Conferences Papers: 

“Will, Freedom and Self-Affirming Creativity in Modern Orthodox Judaism: Between Rav Kook and Henri Bergson” Association for Jewish Studies (AJS) 52nd Conference, 2020, Online

“Freedom and Creativity: a Bergsonian Reading of Rav Kook’s writings” Midwest Jewish Studies Association (MJSA) 2020 Conference, Online

Academic Related Activities

EAJS Intern in Digital Humanities Project

Editorial Activities:

Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Oxford Graduate Theological Society (JOGTS), first publication scheduled for Summer 2020

Editor for the Project of Italian Translation of the Babylonian Talmud