Robert B. Gibbs, Director
Jackman Humanities Institute
Robert Gibbs is Inaugural Director of the Jackman Humanities Institute and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. His current work is located on the borderlines of Philosophy and Religion, with a comparative and historical focus on Law and Ethics. He has worked on Ethics in relation to the modern Jewish philosophical tradition and has numerous publications in this and in related fields in continental philosophy, including two books, Correlations in Rosenzweig and Levinas and Why Ethics? Signs of Responsibilities. He has taught in the Philosophy departments at the University of Toronto and St. Louis University, and in the Religion Departments at Princeton University and (affiliated) at the University of Toronto. He is cross-appointed to the University of Toronto departments of French, German, Religion, and the Centre for Jewish Studies.
He has had research grants for projects on Messianic Epistemology, and the Rule of Law, and his current research grant supports a project on Reason and Authority: Islamic and Jewish Legal Reasoning. This inter-disciplinary work has led to collaboration with various other humanities departments, as well as with the Faculty of Law. He is President of the International Rosenzweig Society, and serves on various academic advisory boards and journal editorial boards. He is a member of the Advisory Board of CHCI (Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes), and was a member of the Humanities Initiative Steering Committee for CIFAR (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research). He is a member of the Governing Council of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).