FRANKS, PAUL Contact Areas of Interest

Franks, Paul
Department of Philosophy
170 St George Street, Room 517
Toronto, ON  M5R 2M8
t: 416-978-3311
  • Jewish philosophy
  • Kant
  • German idealism
  • Post-Kantian approaches within analytic and continental philosophy
  • Transcendental arguments
  • Metaphysics and epistemolog
  • Foundations of the human sciences


Senator Jerahmiel S. and Carole S. Grafstein Chair in Jewish Philosophy, Department of Philosophy
BA, MA (Oxford), PhD (Harvard)

Paul Franks is the Professor of Continental Philosophy and holds the Senator Jerahmiel S. and Carole S. Grafstein Chair in Jewish Philosophy. He has taught at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor (1993-6), Indiana University Bloomington (1996-2000), the University of Notre Dame (2000-2004) and the University of Chicago (Spring 2003).  Professor Franks has been Faculty Fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto; Brackenbury Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford; Lady Davis Graduate Research Fellow at the Hebrew University; Mrs. Giles F. Whiting Dissertation Fellow in the Humanities at Harvard University; Junior Fellow of the Michigan Society of Fellows; and Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies.

Selected publications

“Jewish Philosophy after Kant: The Legacy of Salomon Maimon”, in /Cambridge Companion to Modern Jewish Philosophy/, ed. Michael L. Morgan and Peter Eli Gordon, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007, 53-79.

“All or Nothing: Skepticism, Transcendental Argument and Systematicity in German Idealism”, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2005.

“Franz Rosenzweig: Philosophical and Theological Writings” (translated, edited, introduced and commented upon, with Michael Morgan), Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Publishing, 2000.