Université de Strasbourg

Jacob Rogozinski


Research Centre on Contemporary German Philosophy: History and Issues (CREPHAC), University of Strasbourg

Jacob Rogozinski, USIAS Fellow 2018

Professor Jacob Rogozinski is Full Professor of Philosophy at Strasbourg University, where he succeeded Professor Jean-Luc Nancy in 2002. His research focuses on phenomenological thinking of the ego and the body, and on genealogy of exclusion and persecution. In his last book, he presents an analysis of jihadist terrorism.

He has recently published Le moi et la chair, Cerf, 2006 (English translation: The Ego and the Flesh, Stanford UP, 2010, German translation forthcoming at Felix Meiner Verlag), Guérir la vie – la Passion d'Antonin Artaud, Cerf, 2011, Cryptes de Derrida, Lignes, 2014 (English translation forthcoming at Indiana UP), Ils m'ont haï sans raison – de la chasse aux sorcières à la Terreur, Cerf, 2015 (English translation forthcoming at SUNY Press), Djihadisme, le retour du sacrifice, Desclée de Brouwer, 2017 (English translation forthcoming at Peter Lang).

Project - Towards a hermeneutic of emancipation: the paradigm of Exodus

September 2018 - December 2021

Based on the assumption that the three Abrahamic monotheisms (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) were initially constituted as mechanisms for emancipation, this project will focus on the founding narrative of Judaism that relates the Hebrews’ departure from Egypt and their exodus towards the Promised Land. This pinpoints a "paradigm of revolutionary politics" that will remain a reference during the founding of other religions and in historical movements of emancipation. The aim is to compare this biblical account of the Exodus to the Islamic tradition of the Hegira and analyse the revival of this paradigm in the "Theology of Liberation". The narrative makes us spectators of the self-institution of a people without a State, territory or ruling class. Based as it is on the condition of equality, the political theology of Exodus can be seen as a radical form of democracy. We will analyse the categories that underlie it, especially that of "Covenant" (berit) between the people and their God. The figure of Moses is in the foreground of the story of Exodus, which leads us to question the role that the "Great Man" can play in historical movements of an emancipatory form.

This research is of a transdisciplinary nature, involving Biblical hermeneutics and political philosophy (notably Spinoza and Rousseau), but also psychoanalysis and anthropology.

Post-doc biography - Roberto Formisano

Research Centre on Contemporary German Philosophy: History and Issues (CREPHAC), University of Strasbourg

Roberto Formisano

Roberto Formisano completed his PhD in Philosophy, at both the University of Bologna (Italy) and the University of Nice (France), in November 2010. His PhD thesis focused on thephilosophy of Michel Henry and the theoretical sources of the foundation of his “Phenomenology of LifeIn this respect, French spiritualism (Biran) and German phenomenology (Husserl and Heidegger), as well as German idealism (notably Fichte and Hegel) are - historically, theoretically and critically - the main reference points of his doctoral (and post-doctoral) research hypothesis.

He received a post-doctoral bursary from the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research (F.R.S. – FNRS), co-funded by the Marie-Curie Actions of the European Commission, at the Michel Henry Archives Fund at the Catholic University of Louvain (2013-2015). He has also been Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy and Communication Studies — FILCOM at the University of Bologna (Italy), and Visiting Researcher at McGill University (Canada), where he is currently appointed as Affiliate Faculty Member at the Faculty of Arts and the Centre for Research on Religion (CREOR). His current research interests are in the area of contemporary French philosophy and phenomenology, but also include ontology, philosophical hermeneutics, moral philosophy, and the philosophy of religion.


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