Dr. Roi Benbassat

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (Jüdische Religionsphilosophie)

Campus Bockenheim

Juridicum 104a

Senckenberganlage 31

60325 Frankfurt am Main

Tel: +49 (0)69 798 33285

Email: benbassat@em.uni-frankfurt.de


Dr. Roi Benbassat graduated in Philosophy and Music Composition at Tel Aviv University. He received his Master degree in Philosophy at University Sorbonne-Pantheon Paris 1 (Mémoire on ‚The Religiosity of Spinoza‘). He received his Ph.D in Philosophy at Tel-Aviv University in 2011, where he has also been teaching Socratic-Platonic Philosophy, Kant’s ethical and religious philosophy and Kierkegaard‘ thought. His dissertation entitled: The Relation between the Philosophical and the Religious: Reconsidering Kierkegaard’s Confrontation with Philosophy. Since 2013, during a Minerva Postdoctoral Fellowship (Max Planck Institute) at the institute of Comparative Ethics at Freie Universität Berlin, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Maimonides Centre for Jewish Scepticism, his research expended into Jewish studies and focused on the work of the Israeli thinker Yeshayahu Leibowitz.


  • Philosophy, Religion and Ethics

  • Religious Existentialism

  • Religion and Scepticism

  • Jewish-Christian interreligious dialogues

  • Religious positioning within Judaism In Israel 


Aufsätze in Zeitschriften

  • “Jewish Faith and Scepticism—the Example of Yeshayahu Leibowitz”, Yearbook of the Maimonides Centre for Advances Studies, De Gruyter 2017, pp. 161-181. 

  •  „Yeshayahu Leibowitz – Jewish Existentialism“, Religious Studies, vol. 51 [2] Cambridge University Press 2015, pp. 141-163. 

Aufsätze in Sammelbänden

  • „אתית עצמית הונאה נגד כמאבק אמונה“, in With Fear and Trembling: Authentic Faith according to Kierkegaard [in Hebrew], ed. by T.A. Yaguri, Jacob Golomb, Pini Ifergan, Magnes Press, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (in print).

  • „Faith as a Struggle against Ethical Self-Deception“, in The Authenticity of Faith in Kierkegaard’s Philosophy, ed. by T. A. Yaguri and J. Stewart, Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2013, pp. 18-26.

  • „Kierkegaard’s Relation to Kantian Ethics Reconsidered“, Kierkegaard Studies, Berlin, New York: Walter De Gruyter 2012, pp. 49-74.


 Wissenschaftliche Ausbildung – berufliche Positionen

  • 2017 – present     LOEWE Schwerpunkt “Religious Positioning”, Goethe University

                                Frankfurt am Main

  • 2015 – 2016         Fellowship Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies,

                                University of Hamburg

  • 2013 – 2015         Minerva Stiftung Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Max Planck

                                Institute (Advisor: Prof. Dr. Michael Bongardt)

                                Freie Universität Berlin

  • 2011 – 2012         The President Postdoctoral Fellowship (Advisor: Prof. Daniel 

                                Statman), The University of Haifa

  • 2010 – 2011        The Max and Bella Guggenheim Postdoctoral Fellowship devoted to 

                                Jewish Ethics (Advisors: Prof. Christoph Schmidt & Prof. Elhanan

                               Yakira), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • 2011                   Ph.D (Philosophy), Co-tuition Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-

                               Sorbonne (advisor: Prof. Hélène Politis) and Tel-Aviv University

                              (advisor: Prof. Hagi Kenaan), coffered with the support of The

                               President Scholarship for Excellent Doctoral Students at Tel-Aviv 



    Teaching History


  • 2012-2013 Stations in Western Philosophy, Ofakim Honors Program of the

                            University of Haifa

  • 2010-2011 Kant: Religion within the Limits of Reason Alone,

                            Department of Philosophy, Tel-Aviv University

  • 2008-2010 The Philosophy of Socrates: Religion, Ethics and Knowledge of 

                            Ignorance, Department of Philosophy, Tel-Aviv University