Avishai Margalit

Past Faculty
School of Historical Studies

Philosophy and Modern International Relations

Affiliation

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.

Dates at IAS

Faculty
School of Historical Studies

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

2010
Israel Prize in Philosophy
2007
EMET Prize in the Humanities
2005
Tanner Lecturer, Stanford University
2001
First Bertelsman Professor, University of Oxford
2001
Spinozalens Award

Appointments

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Professor (Schulman Professor of Philosophy 1998–2006; Chairman, Department of Philosophy; Emeritus since 2006)
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Lecturer 1970–73, Senior Lecturer 1973–80