BA(Tor), MA(Northwestern), PhD(Northwestern)
Daniel Brandes is an assistant professor in the Foundation Year Programme. He also teaches metaphysical and religious topics in the Early Modern and Contemporary Studies Programmes. After receiving his BA in philosophy and religious studies at the University of Toronto, Dr. Brandes completed a PhD in philosophy at Northwestern University in Evanston, Chicago. His dissertation was entitled, “When Everything is Possible: On Plurality and Evil in the Work of Hannah Arendt” (2003). In 2003, Dr. Brandes began teaching at the University of King’s College as a teaching fellow in FYP. He has been an assistant professor since 2006.
Current Research Projects
Dr. Brandes is currently working on several forthcoming publications, including a book-length manuscript on Arendt and a series of thematically related essays on the constellation of freedom and evil in contemporary continental theory.
- “The Miraculous Birth of the Given: Reflections on Hannah Arendt and Franz Rosenzweig” in Judaism, Liberalism and Political Theology, ed. R. Rashkover and M. Kavka. Indiana University Press, 2014.
- “Fackenheim on Self-Making, Divine and Human” inHegel and Canadian Political Thought: Unity of Opposites?, ed. N. Robertson and S. Dodd. University of Toronto Press. Forthcoming (2014).
- “Nietzsche, Arendt, and the Promise of the Future”Animus 14 (Fall, 2011)
- “On Messianic Strains in Arendt’s Theory of Political Action,” Tikvah: University of Toronto Journal for Jewish Thought (Winter, 2010)
German Idealism, Heidegger and post-Heideggerian thought, phenomenology and theology, 20th century developments in Jewish thought.