Department of Business Humanities and Law

  • Governance, Culture & Learning Unit
PhD fellow

Room: POR/18.B-2.138
Jonathan Harmat

I am a philosopher with a background in political philosophy, the history of philosophy and political theology. I am currently working at the intersection between political philosophy, affect theory and Spinoza-scholarship.

I am broadly interested in understanding how affects are utilized in order to determine political decisions, mobilize political action, and constitute as well as destabilize collective identity. I therefore study both the rational and sociable features of emotions and affect in social, collaborative and political contexts (such as trust and the emotional underpinning of collective identity) as well as their disruptive and troublesome aspects (collective hatred, mistrust, revenge, emotional alienation). The theoretical question of how the concept of affect is theorized and used in contemporary social and political theory is of particular interest to me. I am continuously engaged with affect theory, new materialism, the sociology of emotion and Spinoza-studies. 

I am currently a PhD fellow at the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy at Copenhagen Business School. I have a master’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Copenhagen and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Copenhagen and Tel Aviv University as well as elementary training in Greek and Latin.

Primary research areas
  • Political Philosophy
  • Political Theology
  • Social and Political Thought
  • Affect Theory
  • Politics of Emotions
  • The History of Philosophy,
  • Spinoza
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Jonathan Harmat / The Affects By Which We Are Torn : Four Essays on Government and Affect.
Frederiksberg : Copenhagen Business School [Phd] 2023, 268 p. (PhD Series, No. 34.2023)
PhD thesis
Jonathan Harmat / The Anatomo-politics of Affect : An Investigation of Affective Governmentality.
In: Philosophy & Social Criticism, 18.6.2023
Journal article > peer review
Jonathan Harmat / Governing between Reason and Affects : Spinoza and the Politics of Prophets.
In: Distinktion, Vol. 22, No. 3, 12.2021, p. 319-339
Journal article > peer review
Vanessa Paladino; Jonathan Harmat / Tillidens dialektik : Velfærdsarbejdet i et integrationsprojekt.
In: Dansk pædagogisk tidsskrift, No. 1, 2021, p. 115-128
Journal article > peer review
Jonathan Harmat / Led As If by One Mind : Affect Theory and the Organizational Ensemble.
Paper presented at 1st Organization Theory Winter Workshop, 2020
Paper > peer review
Jonathan Harmat / Prophetic Politics : The Role of Affect in Political Theology.
Paper presented at Political Theology, 2020, p. 23
Jonathan Harmat / Trossamfundslov : Kommentarer fra Det jødiske Samfund.
In: Religionsretlig lovgivning - Kirkeretsantologi 2019: Trossamfundslov - Blasfemibestemmelse. . ed. /Lisbet Christoffersen; Anders Jørgensen; Svend Andersen. Frederiksberg : Eksistensen Akademisk 2019, p. 147-157 (Kirkeretsantologi)
Book chapter > peer review
Jonathan Harmat / National Museum, Datapult
Paper presented at Er din AI racistisk?, 2018
Jonathan Harmat / Spinoza’s Doctrines of the Universal Religion
Paper presented at The 19th Biennial Conference for the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture. ISRLC 2018, 2018
Jonathan Harmat / Book Review of Yoram Hazony’s The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
In: Politics & Poetics - A Journal for Humane Philosophy, Vol. 2, 2017
Book review