Past Faculty

Avishai Margalit

School of Historical Studies
Philosophy and Modern International Relations
Affiliation
Historical Studies
Field of Study
Philosophy and Modern International Relations

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.

Dates at IAS
Faculty
  • Historical Studies
7/20066/2011
Degrees
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Ph.D., 1970
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem M.A., 1965
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem B.A., 1963
Honors
Israel Prize in Philosophy 2010
EMET Prize in the Humanities 2007
Tanner Lecturer, Stanford University 2005
Spinozalens Award 2001
First Bertelsman Professor, University of Oxford 2001
Appointments
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 1980–2006 Professor (Schulman Professor of Philosophy 1998–2006; Chairman, Department of Philosophy; Emeritus since 2006)
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 1970–1980 Lecturer 1970–73, Senior Lecturer 1973–80