Robert Gibbs

Professor of Philosophy and Religion, University of Toronto

Resident at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
June 2019

Research topic at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
»Commentary as Science?«

Project outline:
Commentary is a fundamental mode of scholarship. It is present in all script cultures we know. Commentaries exercise power over knowledge—and over knowers— and shape worldviews, both by authorizing canonical texts and by criticizing the past and the present. Theology began in commentary forms, and scriptural commentaries remain a key task for contemporary theologians. Moreover, the historical study of commentary traditions is often central in historical theology. But is commentary itself science? (Robert Gibbs)

Research partner:
Robert Gibbs follows an invitation of Christian Wiese (Professor for Jewish Thought and Philosophy at Frankfurt University and Goethe Fellow at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften) and the University's research center »Theology as a Science«.

Scholarly profile of Robert Gibbs

Robert Gibbs is Professor of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Toronto. He recently completed a 10-year term as Inaugural Director of the Jackman Humanities Institute.

Please find more information about Robert Gibbs here.

Main areas of research:
Continental Philosophy, Jewish Philosophy, Philosophy of Law

Selected publications:
  1. Why Ethics? Signs of Responsibilities, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000.
  2. (with Steven Kepnes and Peter Ochs) Reasoning After Revelation: Postmodern Jewish Philosophy, Boulder, Co.: Westview Press, 1998.
  3. Correlations in Rosenzweig and Levinas, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992.
  4. (with Elliot R. Wolfson) Suffering Religion, London: Routledge, 2002.