Willi Goetschel, Ph. D
Professor; Department of German, Department of Philosophy, Literature of Critical Theory Program
Office Phone: 416-926-2320
Office Location: Odette Hall Room 313
Office Hours and/or Leave Status: TBA

M. Phil - Philosophy (Universität Zürich, 1982)
Ph. D - German (Harvard University, 1989)


Professor Willi Goetschel is a Professor of German and Philosophy in the University of Toronto. Furthermore, he is also the instructor for the VIC420H course, which considers the role of translation in the historical projects of nation-building and empire, in the Literature and Critical Theory Program at Victoria College. As a Professor, his teaching interests focus on 18th to 20th century German Literature and Thought, Enlightenment, German Jewish Culture, and Critical Theory. In addition to teaching, Professor Goetschel has both published and edited several books, essays and articles, and edited numerous academic journals. Professor Goetschel is currently working on a project examining the emergence of how modern philosophy theorizes difference, otherness and alterity.


Selected Publications

The Discipline of Philosophy and the Invention of Modern Jewish Thought. New York: Fordham University Press, 2012.

Spinoza's Modernity: Mendelssohn, Lessing, and Heine. Madison, WI: University of Madison-Wisconsin Press, 2003.