Gilad Sharvit

Postdoctoral Fellow
2016-2017
Sharvit Square

Gilad Sharvit (Jewish Studies) holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the Hebrew University. 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.