Edith Wyschogrod (1930 – 2009) was an American Jewish philosopher. She received her A.B. from Hunter College in 1957 and her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1970.[1]

Wyschogrod joined Rice's Religious Studies Department in 1992. She retired in 2003.

She authored many influential books on ethics and received numerous accolades. Wyschogrod was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Guggenheim Fellow, a fellow of the National Humanities Center and past president of the American Academy of Religion.

Her work centered on ethical and philosophical themes such as altruism, mass death and community, time and memory.

She died July 16, 2009 in New York City at the age of 79.


  • Crossover Queries: Dwelling with Negatives, Embodying Philosophy's Others, (Fordham University Press, Spring 2006) 561 pp.
  • The Ethical: Blackwell Readings in Continental Philosophy, co-edited with Gerald McKenny (London: Blackwell, 2002) 228pp.
  • The Enigma of Gift and Sacrifice, Introduction and co-editor with Jean-Joseph Goux and Eric Boynton. (New York: Fordham University Press, 2001),186pp.
  • An Ethics of Remembering: History, Heterology and the Nameless Others (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998), 304pp.
  • Saints and Postmodernism: Revisioning Moral Philosophy (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990), 300 pp.
  • Lacan and Theological Discourse, co editor with David Crownfield and Carl Raschke (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 1989), 179 pp.
  • Spirit in Ashes: Hegel, Heidegger and Man Made Mass Death (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1985, pb. 1989), 247 pp.
  • Emmanuel Levinas: The Problem of Ethical Metaphysics (The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1974), 222 pp. Second edition with new Introduction. (New York: *Fordham University Press, 2000), 260pp.
  • The Phenomenon of Death: Faces of Mortality, ed. with introduction and bibliography (New York: Harper and Row, 1973), 200 pp.

Honors and awards

  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1999–present
  • Guggenheim Fellow, 1995-1996.
  • President, American Academy of Religion 1992-93.
  • Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, September, 1987 January 1988.
  • CUNY Faculty Research Travel Awards:
  • Summers 1982, 1983, France, Germany, Italy;
  • Summer 1987, France, Germany, Denmark, Norway;
  • Summer 1990, France, Poland, Hungary, GDR.
  • Fellow National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, January June, 1981


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 16, 2010. Retrieved July 17, 2009.