Sol Goldberg: U of T fellow pleased to be part of Jewish studies program

Source: The Jewish Tribune, 8-11-09

The Centre for Jewish Studies at University of Toronto (U of T), which began more than 40 years ago as a modest undergraduate program, has become a unique and valuable contribution to this city’s intellectual Jewish life, according to Dr. Sol Goldberg, recipient of the Centre’s new Senator Jerahmiel S. and Carole S. Grafstein Fellowship for advanced research in Jewish thought.

Although relatively young, Franks is a brilliant philosopher whose work also deals with Jewish and general philosophies, especially in the German tradition, Goldberg said. Franks had studied at Oxford and Harvard with some of the great American philosophers of the second half of the 20th century and held posts at top universities.

“What this year means to me is I will be directly mentored by him – a sort of finishing school for philosophers,” Goldberg enthused.

He expects that U of T’s Jewish Studies centre will attract the best minds internationally

Goldberg was the late, famous philosophy professor Emil Fackenheim’s last teaching assistant and one of his last research assistants.

On a personal level, Goldberg – who grew up in Thornhill, graduated in Jewish Studies at McGill University (focusing on Jewish thought and philosophy) and holds a Master’s degree and a doctorate in philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem – is pleased to be back in Toronto, “a great city.”  But what he finds most exciting is the opportunity to study under the mentorship of Professor Paul Franks, Grafstein chair of Jewish philosophy.

“There’s a lot of overlap between Jewish philosophy and general philosophy,” explained Goldberg, whose Ph.D. dissertation was on education and the idea of truth in Plato and Heidegger.