Dr. Roi Benbassat

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am LOEWE Schwerpunkt „Religiöse Positionierung“

Department of Protestant Theology
Senckenberganlage 31
60325 Frankfurt am Main
Tel: +49 (0)69 798 33285

E-Mail: benbassat@em.uni-frankfurt.de

Research Foci

  • The relations between religious and moral-philosophical standpoints
  • Religious existentialism
  • Jewish-Christian Interreligious conflicts and dialogues  
  • Religion and Skepticism
  • Religious positioning in the conflicts and dialogues within Judaism in Israel

Current Research Project

Tolerance and intolerance in the dialogues between conflicting Jewish positions in the 20th Century

Academic Biography

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 courses on 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 Skepticism, his research expended into Jewish studies and focused on the work of the Israeli thinker Yeshayahu Leibowitz.


"Jewish Faith and Scepticism — The Example of Yeshayahu Leibowitz", Yearbook of the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies, Vol. 1, De Gruyter 2017, pp. 161-181.

"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).

"Yeshayahu Leibowitz - Jewish Existentialism", Religious Studies, Vol. 51 [2] Cambridge University Press 2015, pp. 141-163.

"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.

Teaching history


Designing and teaching the course:
Stations in Western Philosophy

Ofakim Honors Program of the University of Haifa


Designing and teaching the course:
Kant: Religion within the Limits of Reason Alone
Department of Philosophy, Tel-Aviv University


Designing and teaching the course:
The Philosophy of Socrates: Religion, Ethics and Knowledge of Ignorance

Department of Philosophy, Tel-Aviv University