Authored Books

1. Hagi Kenaan, Photography and Its Shadow, Stanford University Press, 2020.

2. Hagi Kenaan, The Ethics of Visuality: Emmanuel Levinas and the Contemporary Gaze, I.B. Tauris, London and New-York, 2013. LINK

3.Hagi Kenaan, Visage(s): Une autre éthique du regard après Levinas, Éditions de l'éclat, Paris, 2012. LINK

4. Hagi Kenaan, The Present Personal: Philosophy and the Hidden Face of Language, Columbia University Press, New York, 2005. LINK


5. A Children’s Book: Hagi Kenaan, , One Day… Philosophy,  Modan Publishing House,

Tel Aviv, 2000 [in Hebrew].


Edited Books


Kenaan and I. Ferber (eds.) Philosophy's Moods: The Affective Grounds of Thinking, "Contributions to
Phenomenology" Series, Springer Publishing. 2011.


Selected Articles & Essays

H. Kenaan, “Photography’s Imagination: The Visible and the Invisible,” Photography and the Imagination, eds. A. Reich-Morris and M. Olin, Routledge 2019. pp. 69-79.


H. Kenaan, "Changing Moods" in Moods: Aesthetics, psychology, philosophy, eds. B. Breidenbach and T. Docherty, Routledge (Interdisciplinary Perspectives, New Theories Series), 2019. pp. 22-35.


H. Kenaan and L. Bilsky, “Tselem, Tsilum, Tsalmavet” preface to translation of George-Didi Huberman’s Images in Spite of All. Trans. M. Sapir, Hakibbutz Hameuchad Publishing House, Tel Aviv, 2019 [in Hebrew]. pp.11-22.


H. Kenaan, “Meyer Schapiro’s Restitutions,” Tel Aviver Jahrbuch für deutsche Geschichte 46, 2018. pp. 92-107


H. Kenaan, “Celan and Heidegger: Hope in the Mountain of Death”, Dappiim:Research in Literature, 2017, pp. 39-55.  [in Hebrew]


H. Kenaan, “The Selfie and the Face” in Exploring the Selfie: Historical, Analytical and Theoretical Approaches to Digital Self-Photography, ed. J. Ruchats and S. Wirth, Routledge,  2017. pp. 113-131.

H. Kenaan, “Streetography: On Visual Resistance”, Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology Vol.3, No. 2, Routledge, Winter 2016. pp. 147-166.


H. Kenaan, “Husserl and Levinas: The Ethical Structure of a Philosophical Debt”, The European Legacy, Routledge, vol. 21, Issue 5-6, January 2016. pp. 481-493.


H. Kenaan, “Photography and Its Shadow”, Critical Inquiry, Vol. 41, issue 3, Chicago University Press, Spring 2015. pp. 541-572.


H. Kenaan, “Western Theory and Chinese Art: The Question of Hospitality”, Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art, Vol. 35, no.1, 2015, pp.7-16.


H. Kenaan, “Touching Sculpture”  in Sculpture and Touch, ed. P. Dent, Ashgate Publishing, London, 2014. pp. 45-59.


H. Kenaan, “A Picture’s Gesture: Regarding Jeff Wall’s Gestus”, Paragrana, Volume 23, Issue 1, De Gruyter, 2014. pp. 56-65.


H. Kenaan, “Time Comes to Art from the Future” in The Next Thing: Art in the 21st Century, ed. P. Baler, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2013. pp.11-19.

H. Kenaan, S. Rottem, D. Barnea “Heidegger in Jerusalem : An Unknown Chapter in the Formation of a Local Philosophy“, Theory and Criticism, Vol. 40, 2012. , pp. 35-67. [In Hebrew].

H. Kenaan, “Human Cities and the Space of Conflict”, Civil Society Reclaims Public Space, eds. R. Houlstan-Hasaerts, B. Tominc, The Human Cities Network, Brussels, 2012. pp. 37-41.


H. Kenaan, “Le langage comme proximité”, revue Europe ( Centre National du Livre, Paris), Autumn 2011, pp.  111-117.

H. Kenaan, "Facing Images: After Levinas", Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, Vol. 16, number 1, Routledge, 2011, pp. 143-161.

H. Kenaan and I. Ferber, “Moods and Philosophy” in H. Kenaan and I. Ferber (eds.) Philosophy's Moods: The Affective Grounds of Thinking, Springer Publishing, 2011, pp.1-10.

H. Kenaan, “Street Optics,” The Journal of Art Theory and Practice, Vol. 10, 2011. pp. 36-46.

H. Kenaan, "Karsten Harries's Art Matters: Critical Commentary on Heidegger's OWA",, Sep. 2011.


H. Kenaan, “The Image’s Address: Beyond the Frontal Gaze”, Theory and Criticism, Vol. 37, Autumn 2010, pp. 210-222. [in Hebrew]


H. Kenaan, "What Makes an Image Singular Plural: Questions to Jean-Luc Nancy" Journal of Visual Culture, April 2010. pp. 63-76.


H. Kenaan and Vered Lev Kenaan, "A Pleasant Conversation on the Madness of Love"  in new translation to Plato's Phaedrus. Trans. Margalit Finkelberg, Xargol Books, 2009, pp. 119-139. [in Hebrew]


H. Kenaan, "Lost and Found in Language: Two Perspectives on Subjectivity," in Despite Oneself: Subjectivity and its Secret in Kierkegaard and Levinas, Turnshare Publishers: The Philosophical Series, (London), 2008. p. 31-46.  


H. Kenaan, "Levinas on Listening," Listening: Journal of Religion and Culture, Ann Arbor, Michigan,  2008. pp. 82-96.


H. Kenaan, "The Ground's Hidden Surface" in Wolkenkuckucksheim: International Journal of Architectural Theory, vol. 12, no. 1, 2007,


H. Kenaan, "Tracing Shadows: Reflections on the Origins of Painting" in Pictorial Languages and Their Meanings, Liber Amicorum in Honor of Nurith Kenaan-Kedar,  eds. C. Versar and G. Fishof, (Tel Aviv University, Yolanda and David Katz Faculty of the Arts, 2006), pp. 17-29.

H. Kenaan, "The Plot of the Saying",  Études phénoménologiques, Special Issue: Levinas et la phenomenologie,, Vol. XXII, No. 43-44, (Ousia 2006),  pp. 75-93.


H. Kenaan, “The Transparent Prison”, The Blind-Spot: Philosophical and Psychoanalytic Perspectives, eds. S. Biderman and R. Lazar, Hakibbutz Hameuchad Publishing House, Tel Aviv, 2005, pp. 152-175. [in Hebrew]


H. Kenaan, “What Philosophy Owes A Work of Art: Rethinking the Debate between Heidegger and Schapiro,” Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy, No.3, Vol. 8, 2004, pp. 587-606.

H. Kenaan, "What's between the Eye and the Mind?" Introduction to new translation of Merleau-Ponty's Eye and Mind. Trans. E. Dorfman, Ed. H. Kenaan. Resling Publishing, 2004, pp. 7-19 [in Hebrew].


H. Kenaan and Vered Lev Kenaan, "Eros in Plato's Symposium" in new translation to Plato's Symposium. Trans. Margalit Finkelberg, Xargol Books, 2003, pp. 126-144 [in Hebrew].

H. Kenaan, “Language, Philosophy and the Risk of Failure: Rereading the Debate between Searle and Derrida,” Continental Philosophy Review, 2002, 35, no. 2,  pp. 117-133.


H. Kenaan, “The ‘Unusual Character’ of Holbein’s Ambassadors,” Artibus et Historiae, 23, no.46,

Summer 2002, pp.61-75.

H. Kenaan, “Kierkegaard and the Problem of Silence,” The Language of Silence, ed. S. Jaekel, University of Turku Press, 2001, pp. 249-258.

H. Kenaan, “The Philosopher and the Window,” Descartes: Reception and Disenchantment, eds., Y. Sanderowitz and M. Dascal, Tel-Aviv University Publishing Project, 2000, pp. 195-207.

H. Kenaan, On the Language of Taste in Kant's Critique of Judgment," The Craft of Judgment, edited by E. Friedlander and Y. Senderowicz, Tel Aviv University Publishing Project, 1999, pp. 85-97. [in Hebrew]

H. Kenaan, “Subject to Error: Rethinking Husserl’s Phenomenology of Misperception,” International Journal of Philosophical Studies, V.7, Routledge, 1999, pp. 55-67.

Selected Texts for Art Catalogues and Artists' Books

H. Kenaan, “Liat Elbling: The Room of the Daughter and the Son,” Good As Real (Miffal Happais), 2018.


H. Kenaan, “Adi Sened: Come over Boxies – A Visual Essay,” Canaanite Pop, Adi Sened Works 1999-2015. ed. M. Yackobson, Uri and Rami Neoshtan Mueseum, 2015.

H. Kenaan, “Uri Gershuni: The Melancholy of Mr. Pegman,”  The Blue Hour, Green Box, 2014

H. Kenaan, “Jeff Wall: The Subject in Question”, Jeff Wall: Visibility, Tel-Aviv Museum of Art,  2013.


H. Kenaan, “Joshua Borkovsky: Painting as a Meta-Optics”, Joshua Borkovsky’s Works 1986-2012, ed. M. Ninio, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2012


H. Kenaan, “Street Art and the Sovereign’s Imagination,” in Street Art in Israel,  Tel Aviv Museum of Art, August, 2011.


H. Kenaan "Facing Klone: The Address of a Voice in Tel-Aviv's Street Art" Maarav: Art and Culture Online Journal, 2009.


H.Kenaan “Where Are the Invisible Trains Heading?” in A Viewer’s Version: The Works of Inga Fonar Cocus, Museum of Art Ein Harod, 2009


H. Kenaan, "An Infinitely Thin and Transparent Surface: The Threshold of the Image", Nahum Tevet Works 1994-2006, ed. S. Shapira, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2007, pp. 201-211. 


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