Joseph Cohen

French philosopher

Topic of his lecture at the Night of Philosophy in Israel 2021:

A Justice for History
With Raphael Zagury-Orly
In English

Joseph Cohen is a French philosopher. From 2003-2005, he is post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Strasbourg and, in 2004, Guest Professor of Philosophy at the University of Stuttgart. From 2005 to 2007 and from 2013 to 2016, he is Professor of Philosophy at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung – Karlsruhe. Since 2007, he is Professor of Philosophy at the School of Philosophy, University College Dublin (Ireland). He has taught in numerous European Universities as Guest Professor of Philosophy: University of Heidelberg, University of Sassari, University of Poitiers, University of Paris IV Sorbonne, University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and the University of Rome Sapienza.

He has authored Le spectre juif de Hegel (Paris, Galilée, 2005), Le sacrifice de Hegel (Paris, Galilée, 2007) and Alternances de la métaphysique. Essais sur E. Levinas (Paris, Galilée, 2009) and co-authored, with D. Moran, The Husserl Dictionary (London, Continuum, 2012). Recently he published with Raphael Zagury-Orly, L’Adversaire privilégié. Heidegger, les Juifs et nous (Paris, Galilée, 2021).

In collaboration with R. Zagury-Orly, at La Règle du Jeu, he co-edited Heidegger et « les juifs » (Paris, Grasset, 2015) as well as Heidegger. Qu’appelle-t-on le lieu ? (Paris, Gallimard, 2008), Derrida. L’événement déconstruction (Paris, Gallimard, 2012) and Judéités – questions pour Jacques Derrida (Paris, Galilée, 2003). In collaboration with G. Bensussan, he also co-edited Heidegger – le danger et la promesse (Paris, Kimé, 2006).


He has served on several editorial boards of French philosophical journals: from 2010 to 2015 with Cités (Paris, PUF), from 2009 to 2015 with Les Temps Modernes (Paris, Gallimard) and from 2004 to 2007 with Rue Descartes (Paris, PUF).


His domains of philosophical research span from German idealism to French and German contemporary philosophy.

In 2010, he founds the Irish Phenomenological Circle and in 2015, with Charlotte Casiraghi, Robert Maggiori and Raphael Zagury-Orly, the Rencontres Philosophiques de Monaco.

Joseph Cohen works principally on German Idealism from Kant to Hegel as well as in contemporary phenomenology. His research also focuses on the relation between philosophy and theology and on anti-judaism and antisemitism in Western thought.