Prof. Jose Brunner

  • סגל אקדמי בכיר in INST. HISTORY & PHILO. OF SCIENCE INST.
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Prof. Jose Brunner
Phone: 03-6409198
Fax: 03-6409463
Office: Gilman-humanities, 383


José Brunner holds a joint appointment as Full Professor at the Buchmann Faculty of Law and the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas. Currently he is Director of the Cohn Institute. At the Faculty of Humanities he also chairs the Eva & Marc Besen Institute for the Study of Historical Consciousness, where he edits the journal History & Memory. He founded the Interdisciplinary Study Program for Law and the Humanities in 2010 and co-established Israel’s first Legal Clinic for the Rights of Holocaust Survivors in 2011. He also is Senior Faculty Fellow at the interdisciplinary Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.


Brunner completed a B.A. in Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a D.Phil. in Politics at St. Antony’s College, Oxford. He has been teaching at Tel Aviv University since 1984 and has held visiting fellowships and professorships at Harvard, Northwestern, McGill, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zürich, and the Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main.

Research Interests

Brunner’s main areas of research and publication include the relationship between law, memory and identity, the right to the truth, the history of compensation for Holocaust survivors in Germany and Israel, the history and politics of psychoanalysis, the politics of the mental health discourse, psychological theories of Nazism and genocide, and diverse topics in modern and contemporary political thought.


Brunner has published more than 100 scientific publications, which appeared in English, German, Hebrew, Spanish, Greek and Japanese, including 2 monographs and 14 edited volumes. He has been principal investigator in 6 funded projects and participated in several others. In the last 10 years he organized and co-organized over 20 academic conferences and workshops, and presented at many more.


Representative Publications

Recht auf Wahrheit. Genese eines neuen Menschenrechts. Co-edited with Daniel Stahl. Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2016.


Beyond the Consulting Room: Psychological Discourse in Contemporary Culture. (Tel Aviv: Resling, 2016) [Hebrew]. Co-Edited with Galia Plotkin-Amrami.


Die Politik des Traumas. Gewalterfahrungen und psychisches Leid in den USA, in Deutschland und im Israel/Palästina Konflikt (Frankfurter Adorno Vorlesungen; Frankfurt/Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2014).


Globalisierung der Wiedergutmachung: Politik, Moral, Moralpolitik. Co-edited with Norbert Frei and Constantin Goschler (Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2013).


Die Praxis der Wiedergutmachung: Geschichte, Erfahrung und Wirkung in Deutschland und Israel. Co-edited with Norbert Frei and Constantin Goschler (Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2009).


Modern times: Law, temporality and happiness in Hobbes, Locke and Bentham. Theoretical Inquiries in Law 8 (2007), 105-138.


Identifications, suspicions, and the history of traumatic disorders. Harvard Review of Psychiatry 10 (2002), 179-184.


Eichmann’s mind: Psychological, philosophical and legal perspectives. Theoretical Inquiries in Law 1 (2000), 429-464.


Freud and the Politics of Psychoanalysis (Oxford: Blackwell, 1995).


Full CV


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