Gilad Sharvit holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His teaching and research focus on the intersection of theories of history, politics, and religion in modern German-Jewish thought and literature. Sharvit’s current book project, provisionally entitled “History and Repetition: Modern German Jewish Thought and the Negation of Time,” aims to uncover the fundamental importance of repetition, cyclicality, and return for theories of history and messianism in the works of Franz Rosenzweig, Sigmund Freud, Walter Benjamin, and Franz Kafka. The book traces varied expressions of historical repetitions to consider how they were strategically employed to negate common notions of homogeneous, successive time, focusing on the role of repetition in mitigating a conceptual space for messianic politics. The project adds to the growing body of work on the radical function of repetition and difference in continental philosophy, most prominently by Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Deleuze, and Derrida.
Sharvit is part of the working group “Questioning the Evidence on the Integration of Immigrants in Europe” of the UC Berkeley Institute for European Studies and the Social Science Matrix, in which he focuses on the influence of Jewish exile and immigration on modern Jewish thought in Europe.
Sharvit is co-editor and contributing author of the volume “Violent Origins: Freud, Moses, Religion” that is forthcoming with Fordham University Press. His recent publications appeared in the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, Idealistic Studies, and the Journal of Austrian Studies.