Peter E. Gordon

Peter E. Gordon is the Amabel B. James Professor of History, Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, and Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Philosophy at Harvard University. He received his PhD from The University of California at Berkeley in 1997, and he was a Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at Princeton University from 1998 to 2000. He is the author of Rosenzweig and Heidegger: between Judaism and German Philosophy (California, 2003), which received four international awards, including the Salo W. Baron Prize for the Best Book in Jewish History, the Forkosch Prize for the Best Book in Intellectual History, and the Goldstein-Goren Prize for the Best Book in Jewish Philosophy. He is also the author of Continental Divide: Heidegger, Cassirer, Davos (Harvard, 2010), which received the Jacques Barzun Prize from the American Philosophical Society. He has edited many collections, including (with Michael Morgan), The Cambridge Companion to Modern Jewish Philosophy (Cambridge, 2007); and (with John McCormick), Weimar Thought: A Contested Legacy (Princeton, 2013); and, with Edward Baring, The Trace of God: Derrida and Religion (Fordham, 2014). Most recently he is the author of Adorno and Existence (forthcoming from Harvard). Although he continues to write occasionally about philosophical problems in phenomenology and existentialism, lately he focuses chiefly on the critical theory of the Frankfurt School, with special attention to philosophical and sociological debates over secularization.