Edo earned his PhD in philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2012. During his studies, he was awarded scholarships from the The Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center, the Leo Baeck Institute, and various university-sponsored projects for research students. His doctoral thesis is on the emotional connection to objects according to Georg Simmel and Walter Benjamin. It demonstrates how the sentimental conception of objects that was legitimate in pre-industrial societies becomes an anomaly in capitalist society. At the same time, the study succeeds in extracting from Simmel and Benjamin’s works an alternative conception that is non-judgmental vis-à-vis the sentimental attitude toward objects. Based on this conception, it offers a series of metaphors for the emotional attitude toward objects that escape the fetishism that has come to be associated with this attitude and shed new light on its authentic and playful aspects.
Dr. Edo Litmanovitch
Projects Director, Mediterranean Neighbours unit; Associate Editor, Journal of Levantine studies