Ynon Wygoda

Ynon Wygoda

Ynon Wygoda

Continental Philosophy
Modern Jewish Philosophy

Modern Jewish Philosophy
Continental Philosophy
Modernist Literature
History of Antisemitism
Franz Rosenzweig
Vladimir Jankélévitch
Lev Shestov
Reception of the Book of Job



Current Projects: 

  • “Rereading the book of Job, Rethinking the Contours of Modern Jewish Philosophy.”
  • “The Early Reception of Franz Rosenzweig’s Thought”
  • Preparation for publication of Ph.D. Thesis “On Silence and Ineffability in the thought of Vladimir Jankélévitch and Franz Rosenzweig.

Curriculum Vitae 

Fellowships and Grants

  • Visiting professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome (2018)
  • Member of the Martin Buber Society of Fellows (2017-)
  • The Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture fellowship (2014-15, 2012-13)
  • Visiting assistant in research in the department of philosophy at Yale University (2013-14)
  • Scholar in residence at the Tikvah Center for Law & Jewish Civilization at New York University School of Law (2013-14)
  • Member of Hebrew University honors program for PhD (2011-14)
  • The Isaac Kaye Einstein scholarship for outstanding PhD Candidates (2011-13


  • Phd, The department of Philosophy, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dissertation title:  "On Silence and Ineffability in the thought of Vladimir Jankélévitch and Franz Rosenzweig," under the supervision of Prof. Moshe Halbertal (2018).
  • M.A., The department of Philosophy, The Hebrew University University of Jerusalem. Dissertation title: "Socrates the Forgetful," under the supervision of Prof. Samuel Scolnicov. (2009)
  • Exchange student in the departments of Philosophy and Theology at the Albert Ludwig Universität, Freiburg in Breisgau, Germany.
  • B.A., The departments of Classics and Philosophy, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2005)


Chapters in books:


  • Returning to the Yabok: The Renewed Struggle with Jewish Identity” (Is Theory Good for the Jews? Otherness, Prejudice. The Hebrew University and June 24, 2018)
  • “Ernst Simon and the Early Reception of Franz Rosenzweig and his Philosophy” (Akiba Simon (1899-1988): Life, Work and Controversies between Germany and Israel, Selma Stern Zentrum, Berlin, 20-21.8.2018)
  • “How Long Will a Nation this Old Ask Such Childish Questions? The Question of Bergson as a Jewish Thinker Revisited” (Antisemitism & Philosophy: Jewish Reflections before the Holocaust, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 13.11.2017)
  • “The Book of Job and the Arguments against False Consolations” (Das Buch Hiob im biblischen Kontext und in Interpretationen des 20. Jahrhunderts. Freie Universität Berlin, 21 July 2017)
  • “The Uniqueness of Rosenzweig’s Reception in Palestine 1936-1946,” (keynote address to the International Franz Rosenzweig Congress, Rome, 20-23 February 2017)
  • “Réflexions Croisées: Vladimir Jankélévitch & Jean-Paul Sartre on the Figure of the Imagined Jew” (70 years after the Réflexions sur la question juive : Antisemitism, Race, and Gender , The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, December 18-20 2016)
  • “Die Schrift in the Holy Land:  The Curious Case of Nechama Leibowitz and the Early Reception of the Buber-Rosenzweig Translation in Israel” (Contested German-Jewish Cultural Property after 1945. The Sacred and the Profane, The Hebrew University in collaboration with the Minerva Foundation; Deutsches  Literaturarchiv Marbach; Simon Dubnow Institute, Jerusalem, September 27-29, 2016)
  • “The Task of the Retranslator: Franz Rosenzweig and the Tradition of Translation,” (From Ionia to Jena: Franz Rosenzweig and the History of Philosophy, The Hebrew University in collaboration with the Freie Universität Berlin, Jerusalem, 5 September 2016)
  • "Rereading the Song of Songs within the Architecture of the Star,"   (Das Hohelied in der jüdischen Sprachphilosophie, Freie Universität Berlin, 24-25 November 2015)
  • “Les Temps Obligent: Temporality and Morality in Jankélévitch’s call for Engagement,” in Temporality, Morality, and Nostalgia in the Thought of Vladimir Jankélévitch (The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 7 September 2015)
  • “From Not-Yet-Capable of Speech to No-longer-Needy of Speech” – Silence and Language in Rosenzweig’s New Thinking,” (International Franz Rosenzweig Congress, Frankfurt, 26-29 October 2014) 
  • “Old Wine in New Bottles: Franz Rosenzweig and the Reappraisal of the authoritative text, from Holy text to E-text,” (8th Annual Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computational Sciences, DePaul University, Chicago, 5-6 December 2013)
  • “Pardoning, Forgiveness and the Limits of the Law,”(Tikvah Seminar on Law and Exception,” NYU School of Law, 12 November 2013)
  • “From the Polemics of Silence to the Polemics of Forgetfulness – Vercors, Sartre. Jankélévitch,” (Silence Please! On Silence and Silencing, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, 9 December 2012)