Avishai Margalit

Avishai Margalit
George F. Kennan
Professor 2006-2011
School of Historical Studies

Avishai Margalit is one of the foremost thinkers and commentators on the contemporary human condition, the moral issues of our time, and current problems facing Western societies. In addition to his influence as a philosopher, he is highly regarded for his profound and cogent observations of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the broader struggle between Islam and the West. As the author of Idolatry (with Moshe Halbertal, 1992), The Decent Society (1996), Views in Review: Politics and Culture in the State of the Jews (1998), The Ethics of Memory (2002), Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies (with Ian Buruma, 2004), and On Compromise and Rotten Compromises (2009), Margalit has transformed philosophical perspectives on a range of political and societal issues.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Ph.D. 1970; The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Lecturer 1970–73, Senior Lecturer 1973–80, Associate Professor and Professor 1980–98, Schulman Professor of Philosophy 1998–2006, Emeritus 2006–; Institute for Advanced Study, George F. Kennan Professor 2006–2011; University Center for Human Values, Princeton University, Rockefeller Fellow 1995–96; University of Oxford, Bertelsman Professor 2001–02; Stanford University, Tanner Lecturer 2005; Spinozalens Award 2001; EMET Prize in the Humanities 2007; Israel Prize in Philosophy 2010